BESTSELLERS

A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT by Philip Shenon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The reader emerges from this complex narrative feeling that the case is not quite settled, but Shenon has helped us get further than we've been before. Read full book review >
CRASH AND BURN by Artie Lange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
For Howard Stern devotees, the stoners who harassed members of the school band in the high school cafeteria, and all their buddies doubled over with laughter beside them. Read full book review >

THE DEATH OF SANTINI by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The moving true story of an unforgivable father and his unlikely redemption. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Though Kingsbury's writing is serviceable, Zack's interior life, which is consumed by guilt, worry, shame, reticence and insecurity, becomes a drain on the novel's momentum. Read full book review >
ACCUSED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Comfort food for the faithful, with less thrills and more detection than most of the firm's cases (Think Twice, 2010, etc.): a showcase for a heroine who aptly describes herself as "Nancy Drew with a J.D." Read full book review >

TEARDROP by Lauren Kate

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Still, there's plenty here to make for a terrific weekend-afternoon read. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS SPARKLES IN THE SNOW by Julie Andrews
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Readers will cheer this princess's gumption and almost unfailing optimism as she navigates disappointment and a momentary case of stage fright. Kids are sure to applaud this encore performance. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The intricate plot and diverse cast of recurring and new characters make this book difficult to fully appreciate as a stand-alone. But after reading the first two books, readers will be left clamoring for the third. (Dystopian thriller. 14 & up)Read full book review >
"WHEN DID YOU SEE HER LAST?" by Lemony Snicket
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Little is answered definitively, but fans won't mind; they'll just be pleased there are two more young Snicket adventures to come. (Mystery. 8-14)Read full book review >
I'M A FROG by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Children aren't likely to need the instruction, but the validation may be helpful to counter imagination-repressing parents or older sibs. (Early reader. 4-8)Read full book review >
THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY by Larry J. Sabato
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Provocative reading for this semicentennial year. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Another winning book from a historian whose passion for his subjects saturates his works. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >