BESTSELLERS

THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015
Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series. Read full book review >
THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition. Read full book review >

KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Brad Montague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Light as air, sneakily earnest, chock-full of worthy silliness: "Be like cheese (or bacon) and make everything you touch better." (Self-help. 9-13)Read full book review >
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015
A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >

ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
SPRING CHICKEN by Bill Gifford
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 17, 2015
Gifford skillfully navigates the many strands of aging research to create an entertaining narrative of the perils of getting old. Read full book review >
FUTURE CRIMES by Marc Goodman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives. Read full book review >
GIRL IN A BAND by Kim Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind. Read full book review >
HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Tess' constant worry about whether she's a good mother dovetails ironically with Dawes' fight to win her daughters back. Lippman dives deep not only into the ways women tend to question their choices and abilities, but also into whether all mothers, and kids, are a little crazy. Read full book review >
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jeffrey Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Expect once more unto the breach: The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!Read full book review >
THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Released: Sept. 7, 2010
Teen readers will see both themselves and their friends in Bianca's layered, hostile world. (Fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >