BESTSELLERS

THE CITY by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
Koontz offers a passable modern fairy tale about good and evil, love and loyalty. Read full book review >
THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009
Hard to put down, this is clearly just a first installment, and it will leave readers dying to find out what comes next. (Science fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >

THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU by Valorie Schaefer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2013
Positive and personal, this might be an especially good choice for early bloomers. (Nonfiction. 8-12) Read full book review >
COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter

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MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 24, 2014
There's nothing pretty about this divided cop town, but in exposing its ugliness, Slaughter forces us to question whether times really have changed. Read full book review >
GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 3, 2014
Conspiracies, counterconspiracies, lies and double crosses: It's quite a ride. (Dystopian thriller. 12 & up)Read full book review >

RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 3, 2014
Triumphant. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
I AM ROSA PARKS by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 17, 2014
A barely serviceable introduction with far more child appeal than substance. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO BE WRONG by Jordan Ellenberg
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 3, 2014
Witty and expansive, Ellenberg's math will leave readers informed, intrigued and armed with plenty of impressive conversation starters. Read full book review >
TERMINAL CITY by Linda Fairstein

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 17, 2014
From the violated landmark to the return of all the regulars to the acrobatic chase finale to the casual logic behind both crime and detection, the results are so formulaic you'd swear this installment consisted entirely of outtakes from Coop's first 15 cases (Death Angel, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
ROGUES by George R.R. Martin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 17, 2014
Rambunctious, rowdy and occasionally R-rated: a worthy entertainment, without a dud in the bunch, that easily moves from swords and sorcery to hard-boiled Chandler-esque. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Jennifer Weiner

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014
Though it feels a bit like the literary equivalent of an after-school special for adults, Weiner does a good job of describing the mindset of the addict and provides a realistic portrayal of upper-middle-class addiction in a novel that will appeal to her many fans. Read full book review >
THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith
Released: June 19, 2014
Rowling proves once again that she's a master of plotting over the course of a series; you can see her planting seeds, especially when it comes to Robin, which can be expected to bear narrative fruit down the line. It will be a pleasure to watch what happens. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >