BESTSELLERS

AFTER YOU by Jojo Moyes

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
Moyes is a Maeve Binchy for the 21st century, and she has the formula down pat: an understanding of family dynamics, a nod to social issues, plenty of moral uplift, and a sentimental streak, all buoyed by a rollicking sense of humor. Read full book review >
WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
The tepid, resolution-free ending beckons potential sequels. (author's note, dramatis personae) (Historical fantasy. 12-14)Read full book review >

THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
If this book isn't quite a masterpiece, it's certainly a treasure, and that's more than enough. (Fairy tale. 11-18)Read full book review >
THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
Though the lessons weigh more heavily than in The One and Only Ivan, a potential disappointment to its fans, the story is nevertheless a somberly affecting one. (Fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >

ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
An illuminating history of a golden era in a city desperately seeking to reclaim the glory. Read full book review >
1944 by Jay Winik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
A complex history rendered with great color and sympathy. Read full book review >
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter. Read full book review >
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE by Jan Karon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
The latest entry in Karon's Mitford series (Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, 2014, etc.) continues with all the beloved characters, down-home charm, and deep faith in God that are the hallmarks so beloved of fans.Read full book review >
THE WICKED WILL RISE  by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 31, 2015
Readers who liked Volume 1 will be perfectly happy waiting with this sequel for the series climax. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
DUMPLIN' by Julie Murphy

VERDICT: BORROW IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
In the end, it's more liberating than oppressive, with bits of humor and a jubilant pageant takeover by beauty rebels to crown this unusual book about a fat character. (Fiction. 13-16)Read full book review >
IT'S YOUR WORLD by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
Another voice in the chorus of calls to action—earnest and on target but more likely to be bought than read. (map, charts, infographics, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >