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SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014
A deft mixture of romance and humor in a story featuring a likable protagonist and cute critters: It's a date Andrews fans won't want to miss. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE by Alan Furst

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014
Furst owns the dark blanket that covers Europe between the two world wars. His latest is a satisfying, thought-provoking read. Read full book review >

A SHIVER OF LIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton
ROMANCE
Released: June 3, 2014
A shadow of Hamilton's greatness, but avid fans waiting for the continuation of Merry's story will still buy it. Read full book review >
MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014
The scariest thing of all is to imagine King writing a happy children's book. This isn't it: It's nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining. Read full book review >
CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2014
Bloated. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >

TIBETAN PEACH PIE by Tom Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014
The author's detractors will likely find fault, but this is a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through. Read full book review >
SUSPICION by Joseph Finder

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: May 27, 2014
This is another winner from Finder, who, as ever, builds suspense without a shred of overstatement. Read full book review >
GHOST SHIP by Clive Cussler
THRILLERS
Released: May 27, 2014
Once more, Cussler and Brown (Zero Hour, 2013, etc.) paint with such broad strokes that Kurt's adventures aren't so much written as whitewashed. Read full book review >
SNIPER'S HONOR by Stephen Hunter

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: May 20, 2014
Despite a not-wholly-related narrative thread highlighting Mossad's mad skills in frustrating Russian-Iranian anti-Israel machinations, Hunter loads up a whole magazine of action, double-dealing and gun porn. Read full book review >
THE LINCOLN MYTH by Steve Berry

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014
All action all the time as Malone once again yanks civilization back from the precipice. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS CREATURES by Kami Garcia
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 20, 2014
Prickly yet endearing Ridley makes a sturdy anchor for this expansion of the Caster world; fans will be pleased. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE TOMB OF SHADOWS by Peter Lerangis

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2014
An exciting-enough excursion into a world full of wonders. (Adventure. 8-12)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 >