BESTSELLERS

LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
In this mashup of two war novels, the more conventional New York story pales by comparison. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
Canny readers will know not to take the come-on of King's teasing title at face value; the unwary deserve all the additional shocks they'll get. Read full book review >

FAMILY JEWELS by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
A low-stakes, low-octane thriller that seems to have been cobbled together entirely from dead ends. Read full book review >
MILLER'S VALLEY by Anna Quindlen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
There are familiar elements in this story—the troubled brother, the eccentric aunt, a discovery that hints at a forbidden relationship—but they are synthesized in a fresh way in this keenly observed, quietly powerful novel. Read full book review >
THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
Longer than it needs to be but Berry gunfights his way entertainingly enough to the save-the-world conclusion of this formulaic yarn. Read full book review >

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: March 22, 2016
Eden's emotionally raw narration is compelling despite its solipsism. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
LET'S PLAY by Hervé Tullet
by Hervé Tullet, illustrated by Hervé Tullet, translated by Christopher Francischelli

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016
Playful indeed. Preschoolers will line up for a turn. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS by Adam Hochschild
HISTORY
Released: March 29, 2016
Hochschild ably explores subtle shades of the conflict that contemporary authors and participants did not want to consider. Read full book review >
GIRLS AND SEX by Peggy Orenstein
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 29, 2016
Ample, valuable information on the way young women in America perceive and react to their sexual environment. Read full book review >
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016
A satisfying success story from a reliably outspoken raconteur. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016
O'Brien's writing in this rich, wrenching book can be both lyrical and hard-edged, which suits a world where pain shared or a tincture of kindness can help ease the passage from losses. Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT MINSTREL by Jim Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016
Grand entertainments all and a pleasure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >