BESTSELLERS

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX by Brian Kilmeade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
In a slim, quick-moving book, the authors bring attention to a group that exerted an enormous influence over events during the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
It's no small achievement to have something new to say on Teddy Roosevelt's presidency, but Goodwin succeeds admirably. A notable, psychologically charged study in leadership. Read full book review >

THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION'S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Flagg flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. Read full book review >
THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT BEAUTY SALON by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series (The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, 2012, etc.), but it's no more than you'd expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom. Read full book review >
THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT by Amy Tan

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A satisfyingly complete, expertly paced yarn. Read full book review >

MIRAGE by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Above-average action from Cussler. Read full book review >
LOST IN BABYLON by Peter Lerangis

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
New setting, same sorts of adventures will be the script for each volume, but fans will get hooked on the mysteriousness of it all. (Adventure. 8-14)Read full book review >
BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
An enthusiastically taboo, devil-may-care outing for combat fans—and a great writing inspiration to use on old books headed for the bin. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT by Philip Shenon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The reader emerges from this complex narrative feeling that the case is not quite settled, but Shenon has helped us get further than we've been before. Read full book review >
CRASH AND BURN by Artie Lange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
For Howard Stern devotees, the stoners who harassed members of the school band in the high school cafeteria, and all their buddies doubled over with laughter beside them. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF SANTINI by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The moving true story of an unforgivable father and his unlikely redemption. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Though Kingsbury's writing is serviceable, Zack's interior life, which is consumed by guilt, worry, shame, reticence and insecurity, becomes a drain on the novel's momentum. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >