BESTSELLERS

ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET by Oliver Jeffers
Kirkus Star
by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
An utterly delightful alphabet book. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
NOT MY FATHER'S SON by Alan Cumming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer. Read full book review >

AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The book, unlike the movie it describes, struggles at times to balance a tone of charming over cheesy. But Elwes' case—that the film has endured because it was made with a lot of heart—is made persuasively enough that readers will entertain the sentiment even if they aren't totally convinced by it. Read full book review >
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning. Read full book review >
WINTER STREET by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best. Read full book review >

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
When the leads are offstage, the novel approaches greatness in its inquiry into what it means to be a good person. But there's too much "her body was a poem beyond memorising" for the novel to fulfill its considerable ambition. Read full book review >
LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal. Read full book review >
THE CALLING by James Frey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A poor start, but future installments might be worth it. (Adventure. 12-16)Read full book review >
THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A must for fans of Kristin Cashore's Fire (2009) and other totally immersive fantasies. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
LITTLE HUMANS by Brandon Stanton
by Brandon Stanton, photographed by Brandon Stanton

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
These humans may be little, but their photos bring large delight. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >