BESTSELLERS

X by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Grafton's endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series (W Is for Wasted, 2013, etc.), graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre.Read full book review >
SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Lynn Weingarten
Released: July 7, 2015
Provides some tense moments but ultimately disappoints. (Suspense. 14-18)Read full book review >

THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME by Drew Daywalt
by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 18, 2015
This new cast of crayons will entertain readers, and admirers of the first book will be pleased to see a few familiar colors. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
LAST BUS TO WISDOM by Ivan Doig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015
A marvelous picaresque showing off the late Doig's ready empathy for all kinds of people and his perennial gift for spinning a great yarn. He will be missed. Read full book review >
REAWAKENED by Colleen Houck

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Happily, this paranormal romance has enough humor to keep the pages flipping, though it's unlikely to attract fans not already devoted to the genre. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)Read full book review >

FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015
Fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015
An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015
Day is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell, but a richer work would have made more room for a consideration of the darker aspects of geek culture. Read full book review >
IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Like the Glass House itself, this novel is "a tiger's enclosure, with nowhere to hide" and with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on a dark and stormy night—with all the lights on. Read full book review >
WHO DO YOU LOVE by Jennifer Weiner

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015
This moving story of love that spans a lifetime is Weiner at her heartstring-tugging best. Read full book review >
GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015
Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)Read full book review >
VOICES IN THE OCEAN by Susan Casey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015
"Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine," said astrophysicist Arthur Eddington. "It is stranger than we can imagine." That sublime wildness is exactly what Casey, ever the adventurer, reveals in this flawed but still entertaining book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >