BESTSELLERS

THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION'S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Flagg flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. Read full book review >
THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT BEAUTY SALON by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series (The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, 2012, etc.), but it's no more than you'd expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom. Read full book review >

THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT by Amy Tan

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A satisfyingly complete, expertly paced yarn. Read full book review >
MIRAGE by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Above-average action from Cussler. Read full book review >
LOST IN BABYLON by Peter Lerangis

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
New setting, same sorts of adventures will be the script for each volume, but fans will get hooked on the mysteriousness of it all. (Adventure. 8-14)Read full book review >

BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
An enthusiastically taboo, devil-may-care outing for combat fans—and a great writing inspiration to use on old books headed for the bin. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
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 >
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 >