BESTSELLERS

BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH SANTA by Jean Reagan
by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Maybe these kids should try babysitting Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >

THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday "dreary-wearies" with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
RULES FOR A KNIGHT by Ethan Hawke

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Just the thing for those who want their New Age nostrums wrapped in medieval kit. Read full book review >
ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015
Methodical, efficient, brand-name genre thrills guaranteed not to frighten the horses. Read full book review >

SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Readers hoping for non-Western fantasy alternatives need to look elsewhere. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE JAPANESE LOVER by Isabel Allende

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Vividly and pointedly evoking prejudices "unconventional" couples among the current-day elderly faced (and some are still battling), Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE by Robert Crais

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Not Crais' deepest or thorniest mystery but another solid outing with a host of involving characters. Read full book review >
CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Pendergast is a modern Sherlock Holmes, albeit one preferring absinthe to cocaine. The conclusion of this compelling two-prong mystery assures another crime conundrum is sure to wash ashore. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO by Mitch Albom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
"All lonely roads lead back to Music" in this sentimental journey that might be a mashup of the lives of shooting stars like Bobby Darin or Ricky Nelson. Read full book review >
TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Less startling than its predecessor; a hopeful aftermath tale for readers already attached to these characters. (Verse fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
FAST BREAK by Mike Lupica

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Nothing groundbreaking here, but Lupica delivers solid sports action and character growth. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >