BESTSELLERS

I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Successful neither as biography nor sermon. (photographs, archival illustration) (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
A well-reported, engaging book. A bonus: Bill O'Reilly won't like it, either. Politics and media junkies, on the other hand, will have a field day. Read full book review >

DUTY by Robert M. Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider's view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway. Read full book review >
SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case. Read full book review >
MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Although Kate provides endless commentary, Chiaverini never seizes the opportunity to fully develop her main or secondary characters into engaging, well-rounded individuals. Even Abraham Lincoln comes off as flat. Read full book review >

THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Not much mystery and even less poison, but it's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though this novel feels at times a bit too much like an extended setup for the final installment, shocking last-minute revelations about a potential rebellion against the government will leave many readers eagerly anticipating the series conclusion. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)Read full book review >
ALLIANCE by Mark Frost

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
This muddled adventure won't leave readers impatient for Book 3. (Adventure. 12-16)Read full book review >
HUNTED by Maggie Stiefvater

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Fantastical adventure is enhanced by complex characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
LOVE & WAR by Mary Matalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
A solid memoir of political lives from both sides of the spectrum. Read full book review >
MY AGE OF ANXIETY by Scott Stossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2014
Powerful, eye-opening and funny. Pitch-perfect in his storytelling, Stossel reminds us that, in many important ways, to be anxious is to be human. Read full book review >
LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though fans of the author's fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >