BESTSELLERS

HAVANA STORM by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014
Another super Cussler fun read fit for a lazy weekend. Read full book review >
PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014
Rice fans probably need not fear a drought of her thirst-quenching tales, then. As for this one, it's trademark Rice: talky, inconsequential, but good old-fashioned fanged fun. Read full book review >

THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time. (Fantasy. 10-16)Read full book review >
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE ICE DRAGON by George R.R. Martin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006
Fantasy readers who want a shorter read might like this offering. (Fiction. 10-14) Read full book review >

THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Emotionally profound, necessary reading. Read full book review >
SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
A light, enjoyable read that's pure escapism. Read full book review >
DESERT GOD by Wilbur Smith

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL YOU by Chuck Palahniuk

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
By Palahniuk's standards, this is actually a subtle and empathic piece of work. Read full book review >
GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Literary fast food: It's tasty enough, but it's probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal. Read full book review >
UNDIVIDED by Neal Shusterman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
Everything culminates in an action-packed, heart-wrenching conclusion guaranteed to chill readers to the bone. (Dystopian adventure. 12-15)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >