BESTSELLERS

NORA WEBSTER by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A novel of mourning, healing and awakening; its plainspoken eloquence never succumbs to the sentimentality its heroine would reject. Read full book review >
PARIS MATCH by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
All this, and much less, is played out against a generic Paris that, apart from the title and the dust jacket illustration, could have been St. Petersburg, Prague or Pittsburgh. Read full book review >

SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging. Read full book review >
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next. Read full book review >
DEADLINE by John Sandford

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number. Read full book review >

THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Funny, sexy, action-packed and tragic in all the right moments. (Horror/paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
REBEL YELL by S.C. Gwynne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997). Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF STYLE by Steven Pinker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky without being overly so and literate throughout. Read full book review >
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Dunham shows flashes of the humor and sharp eye that make Girls so compelling, but the pleasure of watching the TV show doesn't translate to the page. Read full book review >
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
Mandel's solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >