BESTSELLERS

THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017
Real events like the Vietnam draft and Stonewall uprising enter the characters' family history as well as a stunning plot twist—delivering everything fans of a much-loved book could hope for in a prequel. Read full book review >
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green

VERDICT: BORROW IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017
Aza would claim that opinions about this book are unfairly influenced by "the gut-brain informational cycle," which makes it hard to say what anyone else will think—but this is the new John Green; people will read this, or not, regardless of someone else's gut flora. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >

ELITES OF EDEN by Joey Graceffa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
A cunningly charted sequel that improves on its predecessor. (Science fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
THE WIZARDS OF ONCE by Cressida Cowell
by Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Cressida Cowell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
A delightful magical romp. (Fantasy. 9-13)Read full book review >
THE WAR I FINALLY WON by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
Thoughtful, brave, true, and wise beyond her years, Ada is for the ages—as is this book. Wonderful. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >

I AM GANDHI  by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
Only barely informative and severely lacking in authenticity. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)Read full book review >
AFTER THE FALL (HOW HUMPTY DUMPTY GOT BACK UP AGAIN) by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
A validating and breathtaking next chapter of a Mother Goose favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by Caitlin Doughty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
Death gets the last word in this affably written, meticulously researched study of funerary customs. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP by Bandy X.  Lee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won't change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won't read it. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther. Read full book review >
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays. Read full book review >
WINTER SOLSTICE by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017
Not for those who prefer tarter holiday fare. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >