BESTSELLERS

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 >
WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014
Gabaldon works a successful formula, with few surprises but plenty of devices. And yes, there's room for a sequel—or 10. Read full book review >
WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 1, 2011
In this compelling sequel to If I Stay (2009), Forman fast forwards three years in the lives of Mia and Adam, two budding musicians. Read full book review >
MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2014
Everything that readers have come to love about the Elephant & Piggie books is present—masterful pacing, easy-to-follow, color-coded speech bubbles, hilarious body language—except an emotionally satisfying ending. (Early reader. 6-8)Read full book review >
CARSICK by John Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014
The book idles way too long, but once it takes off, it's a sweet and funny ride. Read full book review >
CHINA DOLLS by Lisa See

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014
Still, a welcome spotlight on an overlooked segment of showbiz history. 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 >