BESTSELLERS

THE STORY OF THE JEWS by Simon Schama
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014
A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian. Read full book review >
GATHERING BLUE by Lois Lowry
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver (1993) to explore the notion of foul reality disguised as fair. Read full book review >


THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014
Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014
Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014
Pavone knows the formula for a best-seller and keeps the reader turning the pages. Read full book review >

REDEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014
A no-nonsense and informed reckoning with combat. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by C.J. Box

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014
Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series. Read full book review >
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Jeffrey Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014
Lightweight, entertaining beach reading. Read full book review >
POWER PLAY by Danielle Steel

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014
Standard, appealing fare from Steel. Read full book review >
JESUS by James Martin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014
An intelligent, lively travelogue, well-timed to arrive for the Easter season, and a welcome complement to a direct reading of the Gospels. Read full book review >
OVERWHELMED by Brigid Schulte
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 2014
An eye-opening analysis of today's hectic lifestyles coupled with valuable practical advice on how to make better use of each day. Read full book review >
RUINS by Dan Wells

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: March 11, 2014
Science (fiction) at the end of the world done right. (Science fiction. 14 & up) Read full book review >