BESTSELLERS

SPIDER WOMAN'S DAUGHTER by Anne Hillerman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2013
With big shoes to fill, Hillerman does her best to copy the style of her father Tony's beloved series (The Shape Shifter, 2006, etc.), maintaining the integrity of Navajo culture throughout. Fans will spot the guilty party a mile off. Read full book review >
SILENCING EVE by Iris Johansen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013
An arresting conclusion to the Eve Duncan trilogy. Read full book review >

THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013
A brilliant exercise of intellect and imagination. Read full book review >
BATTLE MAGIC by Tamora Pierce

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013
Pierce herself has teeming armies of fans, guaranteeing that this routine, cozily predictable outing will be a huge seller. (map, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
There's violence and gore in profusion, cool gear, hot wheels, awesome feats, inner conflicts on both sides—all that's missing are the pictures. (Fantasy. 11-14)Read full book review >

FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BIG SNOW by David Soman
by David Soman, Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
CATASTROPHE 1914 by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
Among the plethora of brilliant accounts of this period, this is one of the best. Read full book review >
AN APPETITE FOR WONDER by Richard Dawkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
After delivering an entertaining account of his not-terribly-arduous youth and progression up the ladder of scientific academia, Dawkins ends with the publication of The Selfish Gene, but most readers will eagerly anticipate a concluding volume. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
An exhaustive, unnerving examination of the illusory safety of atomic arms. Read full book review >
DEADLINE by Sandra Brown

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
Satisfying, vintage Brown storytelling. Read full book review >
THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
Though Lahiri has previously earned greater renown for her short stories, this masterful novel deserves to attract an even wider readership. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >