BESTSELLERS

SILENT NIGHT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
The mystery is even less robust than Parker's own final cases for the peerless PI, but Spenser lets nothing him dismay. If this adventure lights the tree, expect Christmas tales starring Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Hannibal Lecter. Read full book review >
WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
We all know that life is tangled and messy. Still, in reminding readers of this fact, Lamb turns in a satisfyingly grown-up story, elegantly written. Read full book review >

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
A standout—and well worth the wait. Read full book review >
ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Though flawed, the story provides a thought-provoking metaphor for crucial conflicts of adolescence, as have its predecessors. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)Read full book review >
EMERALD GREEN by Kerstin Gier
by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Ruby Red series fans will not be disappointed with this surprising and romantic finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >

THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation. (Science fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS by Shannon Hale
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Royal good fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
FOCUS by Daniel Goleman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
A lively personalized account of the science of attention, which "ripples through most everything we seek to accomplish." Read full book review >
PRACTICE TO DECEIVE by Ann Rule

VERDICT: SKIP IT
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Rule's die-hard fans may be enamored, but other true-crime fans won't find much more than a yawn lurking between these pages. Read full book review >
DOOMED by Chuck Palahniuk

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
If you only read one book this year about a dead teenager posting on message boards about playing supernaturalist and tempting Satan's wrath, let it be this one. Read full book review >
DOING HARD TIME by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
The nonstop action is certain to keep fans turning pages, even though the figures Woods is putting through their paces are plot functionaries rather than characters in any meaningful sense. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Though Eggers strives for a portentous, Orwellian tone, this book mostly feels scolding, a Kurt Vonnegut novel rewritten by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 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 >