BESTSELLERS

THE LITTLE SNOWPLOW by Lora Koehler
by Lora Koehler, illustrated by Jake Parker

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
There's always room for another well-told yarn espousing the themes of small-is-beautiful, hard work pays off, and, of course, "I think I can." (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
CRIPPLED AMERICA by Donald J. Trump
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
A brief but still highly padded gift to true believers. Anyone else…well, here's a scowl for you. Read full book review >

AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Though not as irresistible as early works such as The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, a welcome return to form. Read full book review >
THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Solid, unspectacular, utterly engrossing work from the reigning master of the police procedural. Read full book review >
THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Readers seeking a tale well told will take pleasure in King's sometimes-scary, sometimes merely gloomy pages. Read full book review >

I REALLY LIKE SLOP! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
"Yummy" may be highly subjective, but friendship is transcendent. (Early reader. 4-8)Read full book review >
MY LIFE ON THE ROAD by Gloria Steinem

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
An invigoratingly candid memoir from a giant of women's rights. Read full book review >
LIGHTS OUT by Ted Koppel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Koppel's case for the cyberthreat is strong; government officials seem (perhaps justifiably) preoccupied by other matters, or clueless, or both. Read full book review >
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL by Carrie Brownstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Unlike many rock star memoirs, there's no sense that this book is a chore or a marketing effort. It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience. Read full book review >
WILDFLOWER by Drew Barrymore

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
It's easy to like Barrymore, and even if her life isn't quite an open book, we get an often funny, occasionally tear-jerking picture of a woman who has replaced past darkness with love and light and who just wants everyone to be happy. Read full book review >
THE WITCHES by Stacy Schiff
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
As history, The Witches is intelligent and reliable; as a story, it's a trudge over very well-trod ground. Read full book review >
SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Though there's something of an inside joke happening on every page, Mitchell serves up a story that wouldn't be out of place alongside The Turn of the Screw. Ingenious, scary, and downright weird. 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 >