BESTSELLERS

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 >
THE LITTLE SNOWPLOW by Lora Koehler
by Lora Koehler, illustrated by Jake Parker

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
There's always room for another well-told yarn espousing the themes of small-is-beautiful, hard work pays off, and, of course, "I think I can." (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
CRIPPLED AMERICA by Donald J. Trump
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
A brief but still highly padded gift to true believers. Anyone else…well, here's a scowl for you. Read full book review >
AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Though not as irresistible as early works such as The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, a welcome return to form. Read full book review >
THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Solid, unspectacular, utterly engrossing work from the reigning master of the police procedural. Read full book review >
THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Readers seeking a tale well told will take pleasure in King's sometimes-scary, sometimes merely gloomy pages. 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 >