BESTSELLERS

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 >

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2011
A trilogy opener both rich and strange, if heavy at the front end. (Horror/fantasy. 12-14)Read full book review >
MIGHTY DADS by Joan Holub
by Joan Holub, illustrated by James Dean

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014
Sure to enjoy commercial success thanks to the marquee talent, this effort will result in more disappointment than enjoyment. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
THE ROMANOV SISTERS by Helen Rappaport
HISTORY
Released: June 3, 2014
A gossipy, revealing story of the doomed Russian family's fairy tale life told by an expert in the field. Read full book review >
GOOD TALK, DAD by Bill Geist
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014
Heavy on bad-boy behavior and sports, the book should come with a six-pack of cheap beer. A quick read that is not for everyone. Read full book review >
HARD CHOICES by Hillary Clinton

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014
Unsurprising but perfectly competent and seamlessly of a piece with her Living History (2003). And will Hillary run? The guiding metaphor of the book is the relay race, and there's a sense that if the torch is handed to her, well…. Read full book review >
THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2014
A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition. Read full book review >
THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014
Beach reading with an unsettling edge. 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 >