BESTSELLERS

THE FINAL CUT by Catherine Coulter
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Coulter and Ellison have created a new son of Bond licensed to shine in future thrillers. Genre fans will find the action nonstop. Read full book review >
BLEEDING EDGE by Thomas Pynchon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Of a piece with Pynchon's recent work—not quite a classic à la V. but in a class of its own—more tightly woven but no less madcap than Inherent Vice, and sure to the last that we live in a world of very odd shadows. Read full book review >

THANKLESS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Considering how few complications the chase offers, Robb does a fine job of keeping up the tension. Both the cops and the killer make use of more futuristic gadgets than usual. Read full book review >
THE QUEST by Nelson DeMille

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Despite some rollicking good action, particularly aboard Mia, an ancient Navion aircraft, DeMille's quest's conclusion may leave readers thinking, "Is that all there is?" However, Vivian Smith finally does make up her mind. Read full book review >
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
Absolutely captivating. (Fiction 14 & up)Read full book review >

SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)Read full book review >
WILD BORN  by Brandon Mull

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
Should satisfy readers hungry for a new fantasy series. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
A HOUSE IN THE SKY by Amanda Lindhout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
A vivid, gut-wrenching, beautifully written, memorable book. Read full book review >
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL by Sheri Fink
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
With apparent effortlessness, Fink tells the Memorial story with cogency and atmosphere. Read full book review >
NOTHIN' TO LOSE by Ken Sharp
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
A rollicking oral history of the one-time "hottest band in the land." Read full book review >
WILSON by A. Scott Berg

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
Clark is an intriguing figure with a story that will interest many, but the book misses the mark as an in-depth exposé. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >