BESTSELLERS

TWELVE DAYS by Alex Berenson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
This one is well-worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date. Read full book review >
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art. Read full book review >

OBSESSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
More futuristic tech than usual but little suspense, less mystery and a generic culprit. Even Eve's final confrontation with her prey, normally a strength of this venerable series, is a letdown. Happy New Year. Read full book review >
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Fans should just wait for Winter, coming in fall 2015. (Science fiction/fairy tale. 13 & up)Read full book review >
DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Juvenilia from a genius, showing bright signs of future masterworks. (introduction) (Short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >

THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander
Released: March 18, 2014
Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. (Verse fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014
Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE BRAIN'S WAY OF HEALING by Norman Doidge
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A lively, anecdotal account of potential new directions that may point the way to major therapeutic breakthroughs. Read full book review >
GOD'S BANKERS by Gerald Posner
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
A meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vatican's legendary, enabling secrecy. Read full book review >
RED NOTICE by Bill Browder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
It may be that "Russian stories never have happy endings," but Browder's account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin's thugocracy. Read full book review >
THE TEENAGE BRAIN by Frances E. Jensen
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
More at home in college classrooms than on parents' nightstands. Read full book review >
DESCENT by Tim Johnston

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Neither Grant nor Sean—Angela barely registers for the reader—makes for a compelling lead character, both laconic to the point of annoyance, and while Caitlin's ordeal is chilling, it's not enough to buoy this overwritten yet occasionally poignant tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >