BESTSELLERS

DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013
Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one—and with luck, sooner than three decades hence. Read full book review >
THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
How long until Book 3? (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >

FORTUNATELY, THE MILK by Neil Gaiman
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Frenetic as the story is, it's hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
TREASURE HUNTERS by James Patterson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 16, 2013
A high-seas adventure that will entice even the most confirmed of landlubbers. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
REIGN OF ERROR by Diane Ravitch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 18, 2013
For policymakers, parents and anyone concerned about the dismantling of one of our democracy's great institutions. Read full book review >

SIMPLE DREAMS by Linda Ronstadt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Whatever's missing (including more context of how popular music was changing while her own music was changing), what's here is consistently interesting. Read full book review >
GRAIN BRAIN by David Perlmutter
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
A galvanizing call to arms against a gluten-heavy diet. Read full book review >
WHO ASKED YOU? by Terry McMillan

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
McMillan turns in a solid, well-told story. Read full book review >
THE FINAL CUT by Catherine Coulter
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Coulter and Ellison have created a new son of Bond licensed to shine in future thrillers. Genre fans will find the action nonstop. Read full book review >
BLEEDING EDGE by Thomas Pynchon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Of a piece with Pynchon's recent work—not quite a classic à la V. but in a class of its own—more tightly woven but no less madcap than Inherent Vice, and sure to the last that we live in a world of very odd shadows. Read full book review >
THANKLESS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Considering how few complications the chase offers, Robb does a fine job of keeping up the tension. Both the cops and the killer make use of more futuristic gadgets than usual. Read full book review >
THE QUEST by Nelson DeMille

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Despite some rollicking good action, particularly aboard Mia, an ancient Navion aircraft, DeMille's quest's conclusion may leave readers thinking, "Is that all there is?" However, Vivian Smith finally does make up her mind. 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 >