BESTSELLERS

MRS. FLETCHER by Tom Perrotta

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017
More spot-on satire with heart and soul from a uniquely gifted writer. Read full book review >
REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017
Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >

DEADFALL by Linda Fairstein

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017
The usual formula—an irresistible hook, a heroine too feisty to be considered truly embattled, a heap of expository thriller, and plotting that manages to be both ambitious and flabby—done to its usual turn. Read full book review >
THE PAINTED QUEEN by Elizabeth Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017
Hess (Pride vs. Prejudice, 2015, etc.) undoubtedly had a daunting task in completing the final manuscript of the late Egyptologist Peters (A River in the Sky, 2010, etc.). Fans will cherish the legacy; newcomers will be forgiven for fidgeting through the busy plot and arch humor. Read full book review >
PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017
Box handles both the set pieces and the longer arc with professional dexterity. The results can't exactly be called memorable, but if you like chases across wide-open spaces, you'll race toward the satisfying climax without caring about anything else. Read full book review >

THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017
Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won't want to move until it's over. Read full book review >
THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017
A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)Read full book review >
DEVIL'S BARGAIN by Joshua Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017
Behind the scenes and ripped from the headlines, Green's saga exuberantly traces Trump's wild ride to the presidency. Read full book review >
MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017
Meddling? Middling. A pleasing enough confection, but no great advance for either pop culture or the author's development. Read full book review >
WATCH ME DISAPPEAR by Janelle Brown

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017
Moody but restrained, this is a familiar tale that sets out to upend itself—and succeeds. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
Wingate sheds light on a shameful true story of child exploitation but is less successful in engaging readers in her fictional characters' lives. Read full book review >
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A.  Paris

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017
Paranoid and claustrophobic but tries too many tricks for its own good. 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 >