BESTSELLERS

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Less wacky (and more instructive) than Scieszka's Spaceheadz series—but just as much fun. (Science fiction/humor. 8-12)Read full book review >
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan
by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
The inevitable go-to for Percy's legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories. (Mythology. 10-14)Read full book review >

EXCELLENT SHEEP by William Deresiewicz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate. Read full book review >
THE ORGANIZED MIND by Daniel J. Levitin
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
A prolific genre of books covers this subject, but Levitin holds his own, and his examination of brain function stands out. Read full book review >
WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
Despite its epic size and aspirations, the novel is underpopulated and often underwritten, a quality that does make its richer moments stand out while stoking the appetite for more of those in fewer pages. Read full book review >

MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown

VERDICT: SKIP IT
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable. Read full book review >
ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
More trite truthiness from Coelho. Read full book review >
RUSH REVERE AND THE BRAVE PILGRIMS by Rush Limbaugh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Exceptionally bad. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
FOOL'S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hobb is hardly the first to stumble in reviving a long-dormant series, nor will she be the last. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by James Rollins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Tune in to find out. Literature it's not—more like an industrial product that sort of looks like it, in the same way that a fast-food burger resembles food. Still, it's plenty tasty, if not very nutritious. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >