BESTSELLERS

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 >

POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
Released: April 15, 2014
A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work whose humor will best be appreciated by younger teens. (Memoir. 12-16)Read full book review >
TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han
Released: April 2, 2014
Regardless, readers will likely be so swept up in the romance they can read past any flaws. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014
The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE EASTER CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 28, 2014
Utterly endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE CONFIDENCE CODE by Katty Kay
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 15, 2014
An insightful look at how internalizing cultural stereotypes can hold women back from competing with men. Read full book review >
PLAYERS FIRST by John Calipari
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 15, 2014
No backboard-shattering revelations but a candid look at what it takes to remain at the top of the college basketball heap. Read full book review >
THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014
A likable literary love story about selling books and finding love. 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 >