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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 >
A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
In her 20th mystery, George delivers just what she always has: storylines that take a long time to resolve and narratives that are a shade too long but that in the end are always satisfying. Read full book review >
DEPRAVED HEART by Patricia Cornwell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
A trademark Cornwell mystery: terse and tangled, messy and body fluid-y, and altogether satisfying. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING BOOK IS NOT ON FIRE by Dan Howell
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
A loud, cynical cash grab—far from amazing. (Nonfiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
The novel playfully twists genre conventions—there are plenty of wink-wink, nudge-nudge moments to satisfy faithful fantasy readers—but it also stands alone as a modern bildungsroman. Carry on, Simon Snow. (author's note) (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. (Science fiction. 13 & up) 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 >