BESTSELLERS

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 >
HISTORY DECODED by Brad Meltzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013
Slick and engaging but lightweight—a good impulse read for fans of secret histories. Read full book review >
ORR by Bobby Orr

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Strictly for fans of the hockey great. Read full book review >
JOHNNY CARSON by Henry Bushkin

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Carson partisans may find this memoir self-serving (what memoir isn't?), but most readers will be captivated by this high-definition, off-camera, extreme close-up view of the enigmatic entertainer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >