BESTSELLERS

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case. Read full book review >
MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Although Kate provides endless commentary, Chiaverini never seizes the opportunity to fully develop her main or secondary characters into engaging, well-rounded individuals. Even Abraham Lincoln comes off as flat. Read full book review >

THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Not much mystery and even less poison, but it's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though this novel feels at times a bit too much like an extended setup for the final installment, shocking last-minute revelations about a potential rebellion against the government will leave many readers eagerly anticipating the series conclusion. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)Read full book review >
ALLIANCE by Mark Frost

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
This muddled adventure won't leave readers impatient for Book 3. (Adventure. 12-16)Read full book review >

HUNTED by Maggie Stiefvater

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Fantastical adventure is enhanced by complex characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
LOVE & WAR by Mary Matalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
A solid memoir of political lives from both sides of the spectrum. Read full book review >
MY AGE OF ANXIETY by Scott Stossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2014
Powerful, eye-opening and funny. Pitch-perfect in his storytelling, Stossel reminds us that, in many important ways, to be anxious is to be human. Read full book review >
LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though fans of the author's fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels. Read full book review >
BRAINSTORM by Daniel J. Siegel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014
Smart advice, if unnecessarily repackaged, on providing the most supportive and brain-healthy environment during the tumultuous years of adolescence. Read full book review >
RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Another Krentz winner. Read full book review >
FEAR NOTHING by Lisa Gardner
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
If you think Gardner pulled out all the stops in D.D.'s previous cases (Catch Me, 2012, etc.), you ain't seen nothing yet. Better fasten your seat belt for this roller-coaster ride through family hell. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >