BESTSELLERS

THE GENE by Siddhartha Mukherjee
HISTORY
Released: May 17, 2016
Sobering, humbling, and extraordinarily rich reading from a wise and gifted writer who sees how far we have come—but how much farther we have to go to understand our human nature and destiny. Read full book review >
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016
With a terrific new hero built for the long run, Hamilton stands to gain new followers—especially if Hollywood's plans to adapt the book come to fruition. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016
Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment if a producer can find a sufficient F/X budget. Read full book review >
THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016
A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016
A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes. (Fiction. 13-18)Read full book review >

THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie
Kirkus Star
by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to "get out there!" (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE SECRET WAR by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016
A masterful account of wartime skulduggery that has relevance still today. Read full book review >
THE BIG PICTURE by Sean Carroll
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 10, 2016
A brilliantly lucid exposition of profound philosophical and scientific issues in a language accessible to lay readers. Read full book review >
VALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016
A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure. Read full book review >
LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016
Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about "the phosphorous of grief" but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another. Read full book review >
THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
Readers who are willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy this action-packed psychological thriller. (Thriller. 12-16)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >