BESTSELLERS

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence. Read full book review >
NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the student of comparative religion and mythology alike. Read full book review >

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Immersive and engaging, despite some flaws, and destined to capture imaginations. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL by Timothy B. Tyson
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Tyson skillfully demonstrates how, in our allegedly post-racial country, a "national racial caste system" remains in place. Read full book review >
RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
If the word "dour" hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases. Read full book review >

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER by Alex Berenson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Deeply researched, fast-paced, and believable. Peace be upon John Wells, but only after he's helped defeat jihad once and for all. That's sure to extend this fine series. Read full book review >
RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
With its shaky armchair psychology and excessive plot threads, this is a series low point. Read full book review >
THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
A page-turning exploration of independence, powerlessness, and secrets, with groundbreaking representation of bisexuality and queerness. (Verse fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
Kirkus Star
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016
Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as enthralling spectacle. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
I DISSENT by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016
Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system. (author's note, photographs, notes on Supreme Court cases, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)Read full book review >
INSANE CLOWN PRESIDENT by Matt Taibbi
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 16, 2017
A lively set of dispatches that shows how even the harshest skeptic in the pundit class can be blindsided. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >