BESTSELLERS

W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical. Read full book review >
THE UNWANTEDS by Lisa McMann

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 30, 2011
Blending elements from two popular genres, this is sure to be a double hit. (Dystopian fantasy. 10-14) Read full book review >

THE BLESSING CUP by Patricia Polacco
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
History, religious persecution, immigration, and the skeins of faith and love that connect a family are all knit together in this powerful, accessible and deeply affecting story. (Picture book. 6-10)Read full book review >
MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
Hooray for Mr. Tiger and his wild ways! (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER by Andrea Beaty
by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
Earnest and silly by turns, it doesn't quite capture the attention or the imagination, although surely its heart is in the right place. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >

FROG TROUBLE by Sandra Boynton
by Sandra Boynton, illustrated by Sandra Boynton

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
This is children's music grown-ups won't mind hearing over and over, no trouble at all. (Songbook/CD. 3 & up)Read full book review >
THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD by Amanda Ripley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013
A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become "so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going." Read full book review >
SALINGER by David Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
Was Salinger the major artist he has been held up to be? This book helps defend the affirmative response and whets the appetite for the Salinger books to come. Read full book review >
THE RETURNED by Jason Mott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Poet and debut author Mott has written a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace. Read full book review >
MADDADDAM by Margaret Atwood

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
By no means her finest work, but Atwood remains an expert thinker about human foibles and how they might play out on a grand scale. Read full book review >
THE MAYAN SECRETS by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
Cussler connoisseurs will approve. Others can enjoy it as a stand-alone adventure. Read full book review >
NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that "I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >