BESTSELLERS

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014
Riveting, brutal and beautifully told. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
PRESIDENT ME by Adam Carolla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014
Carolla's sharp-edged and occasionally curmudgeonly observations will be an acquired taste for many, but initiated fans will endorse his amusing candidacy. Read full book review >

WHERE DOES IT HURT? by Jonathan Bush
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 2014
Likely to find its way onto the Republican platform but worthy of serious consideration on its own merits. Read full book review >
NO PLACE TO HIDE by Glenn Greenwald
Released: May 13, 2014
Greenwald's polemical tone does not lessen the disturbing quality of these revelations. Read full book review >
THINK LIKE A FREAK by Steven D. Levitt
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014
Upbeat and optimistic, Levitt and Dubner hope that by thinking "a bit differently, a bid harder, a bit more freely," readers will be able "to go out and right some wrong, to ease some burden." Read full book review >

THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014
Something like E.T. roaming the Internet to save the world, complete with an empathetic kid on a bicycle. Read full book review >
THE SKIN COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014
It's reassuring to think that as the bad guys grow ever more ingenious, so does Rhyme. And indeed, so does Deaver, though not necessarily in such a good way. Read full book review >
THE SON by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014
One of Nesbø's best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole. Read full book review >
ANY OTHER NAME by Craig Johnson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014
Once more, you can count on Longmire (A Serpent's Tooth, 2013, etc.) for action both physical and cerebral, a bit of humor and romance, and a mighty good mystery. Read full book review >
THE ONE by Kiera Cass

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 6, 2014
Readers who think colloquium interruptum is an exceptionally slender premise for a 300-plus-page trilogy conclusion are right. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)Read full book review >
NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO by Anna Dewdney
by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by Anna Dewdney

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014
Here's hoping there will be more adventures with Nelly and her family. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
JAMES MADISON by Lynne Cheney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014
A proficiently argued account for Madison's greatness, but it lacks the political thrusts of Garry Wills, Richard Brookhiser and other historians. 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 >