BESTSELLERS

THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015
Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015
A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >

BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015
A lyrical and intense memoir. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015
Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015
This moving, potent testament might have been titled "Black Lives Matter." Or: "An American Tragedy." Read full book review >

THE CARTEL by Don Winslow

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015
Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden. Read full book review >
NAKED GREED by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2015
The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type. Read full book review >
ARMADA by Ernest Cline

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015
A hackneyed sci-fi spectacle. Read full book review >
GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it's very much worth reading. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 7, 2015
Despite flaws, solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment. (Fantasy. 14-17)Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 30, 2008
Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up) Read full book review >
THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY by David E. Hoffman
NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015
An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >