BESTSELLERS

NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Iles
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014
Iles is a master of regional literature, though he's dealing with universals here, one being our endless thirst to right wrongs. A memorable, harrowing tale. Read full book review >
FANCY NANCY AND THE WEDDING OF THE CENTURY by Jane O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014
Frothy and fun, Nancy's latest adventure feels as fresh as her first appearance. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL FOR KIDS by Colton Burpo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2011
Is heaven for real? Maybe, but this book is not likely to persuade any skeptics. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
SIX AMENDMENTS by John Paul Stevens
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 22, 2014
A refreshing set of opinions. One wishes that other retired justices would speak their minds so clearly, providing well-crafted arguments for others to take up. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING by Robin Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014
At-times inspirational memoir about a journalist's battle with a grave disease she had to face while also dealing with her mother's passing. Read full book review >

A FIGHTING CHANCE by Elizabeth Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014
A frankly partisan memoir that provides shrewd insights into both national politics and the state of the middle class. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 22, 2014
A tightly wound, realistic thriller. Read full book review >
LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014
Brilliant and dazzling Prose. Read full book review >
OTHERWISE ENGAGED by Amanda Quick
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
ROMANCE
Released: April 22, 2014
Sexy romance and intriguing mystery combine for a wholly satisfying and entertaining read. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT OF VENICE by Christopher Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014
Fool's gold, replete with junk jokes, from one of America's most original humorists. Read full book review >
CHESTNUT STREET by Maeve Binchy

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014
For Binchy aficionados, a late indulgence; for others, slim pickings. Read full book review >
THE TARGET by David Baldacci

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014
Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action, no matter what the setting. 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 >