BESTSELLERS

BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Much like building a bridge stone by stone, this read requires painstaking effort and patience. (Fiction. 16-adult)Read full book review >
DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val Emmich
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Without the rich music and stage performance it's a middling story with themes better handled elsewhere; impeccably timed for the musical's national tour, however, teens will clamor to read it. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >

GRENADE by Alan Gratz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Intense and fast-paced, this is a compelling, dark, yet ultimately heartening wartime story. (maps, historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
CARMELA FULL OF WISHES by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
It's another near-perfect slice of life from a duo that has found a way to spotlight underrepresented children without forgetting that they are children first. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
QUIET by Tomie dePaola
Kirkus Star
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
A lovely, simple reminder to pause and notice this life. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

ELBOW GREASE by John Cena
by John Cena, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Visual fun overrides textual inadequacies, making this an enjoyable read with an inarguably valuable message. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
PRESIDENTS OF WAR by Michael Beschloss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
The author's highly readable style and ability to pinpoint the most relevant facts make this a perfect book for any student of American history and its presidents. Read full book review >
THE FLAME by Leonard Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018
Cohen's fans will be delighted, and students of poetic and lyrical composition have much to learn here as well. Read full book review >
KILLING COMMENDATORE by Haruki Murakami

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Altogether bizarre—and pleasingly beguiling, if demanding. Not the book for readers new to Murakami but likely to satisfy longtime fans. Read full book review >
THE WITCH ELM by Tana French

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Psychologically intense. Read full book review >
WINTER IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
The island setting and characters are done in classic Hilderbrand style, but the balance of backstory to resolution seems off. Read full book review >
THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Overpopulated and overworked. 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 >