BESTSELLERS

LOVE & WAR by Mary Matalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
A solid memoir of political lives from both sides of the spectrum. Read full book review >
MY AGE OF ANXIETY by Scott Stossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2014
Powerful, eye-opening and funny. Pitch-perfect in his storytelling, Stossel reminds us that, in many important ways, to be anxious is to be human. Read full book review >

LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though fans of the author's fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels. Read full book review >
BRAINSTORM by Daniel J. Siegel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014
Smart advice, if unnecessarily repackaged, on providing the most supportive and brain-healthy environment during the tumultuous years of adolescence. Read full book review >
RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Another Krentz winner. Read full book review >

FEAR NOTHING by Lisa Gardner
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
If you think Gardner pulled out all the stops in D.D.'s previous cases (Catch Me, 2012, etc.), you ain't seen nothing yet. Better fasten your seat belt for this roller-coaster ride through family hell. Read full book review >
THE PAGAN LORD by Bernard Cornwell

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
The big set pieces are more impressive than the realistically meandering odyssey that threads them together. The most consistent motif is Uhtred's undying and principled hostility to "the nailed god" of Christianity and the threat he represents to the warrior code Uhtred so perfectly embodies. Read full book review >
STANDUP GUY by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
The subplots lead nowhere, and the main upshot of Fratelli's little problem is some uncharacteristically salty language. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated, while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Significant historical acts and events are here put into unique perspective by a participant. (Memoir. 11-14)Read full book review >
THE DEATH TRADE by Jack Higgins

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2013
Brief thrills but continuous action. Read full book review >
HAZARDOUS DUTY by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2013
This SNL-meets-Spy vs. Spy story isn't Carl Hiaasen laugh-out-loud funny, but Griffin draws what humor he can from once-upon-a-time deeds of derring-do, complex plans to divert a president's lunacies, Gulfstream V continent-hopping and zero action. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >