BESTSELLERS

I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor's guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
BOOK OF THE DEAD by Michael Northrop

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >

STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city. Read full book review >
THE REAPER by Nicholas Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A generic addition to the crowded shelf of post-9/11 special-ops memoirs. Read full book review >

THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense. (Thriller. 12-14)Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ROBOTS by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2014
A perfectly acceptable and predictable trifle. (Science fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law. Read full book review >
GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage. Read full book review >
LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015
Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >