BESTSELLERS

A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A repetitive, poorly conceived work of pulp fiction. Frankly, we're stumped. Read full book review >
THE LOST KEY by Catherine Coulter
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true. Read full book review >

AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
Watching Darcy's story play off Darcy's novel will fascinate readers as well as writers. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
SKINK—NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
Hiaasen's fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)Read full book review >
THE CONTRACT by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
Plenty of baseball action, but the paint-by-numbers plot is just a vehicle for equally standard-issue advice. (foundation ad and curriculum guide, not seen). (Fiction. 7-9)Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets. Read full book review >
A PATH APPEARS by Nicholas D. Kristof
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
The authors deliver a profound message that packs a wallop. Read full book review >
TO DWELL IN DARKNESS by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
The midgrade mystery is enriched by a wealth of detail about St. Pancras' history and architecture that would do Margaret Truman proud. Read full book review >
I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
Here's a narrative experience readers won't soon forget. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE INFINITE SEA by Rick Yancey

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
A roller-coaster ride of a sequel. (Science fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
DANGER DOWN THE NILE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014
It's hard to imagine the adventure-loving reader who wouldn't be hooked by this series. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
FANTASY LEAGUE by Mike Lupica

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
Lacking the intensity of a sustained drive or the urgency of a fourth-and-long play, the story offers more the feeling of trailing an opponent and deciding to sit on the ball until halftime. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >