BESTSELLERS

FATAL by John Lescroart

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less. Read full book review >
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Prediction: the Ron Howard movie, already in the works, will be much better than the book. Read full book review >

CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up) Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions. Read full book review >
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose. Read full book review >

ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE GREAT EQUALIZER by David M. Smick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Is all this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Perhaps so, but Smick's call for a fairer capitalism makes for bracing reading for students of the modern economy and polity. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS IN JANUARY by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A focused and timely study of Eisenhower's significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK's inherited new world. Read full book review >
RING OF FIRE  by Brad Taylor

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A page-turner that's enriched by the author's obvious familiarity with the intricacies of combating 21st-century terrorism. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2016
Sensational subject matter aside, this thriller is a sleeper. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER  by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
Bravery shows up almost as often as buffoonery in these satiric bits and bobs. (Fantasy/short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >