BESTSELLERS

AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The book, unlike the movie it describes, struggles at times to balance a tone of charming over cheesy. But Elwes' case—that the film has endured because it was made with a lot of heart—is made persuasively enough that readers will entertain the sentiment even if they aren't totally convinced by it. Read full book review >
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning. Read full book review >

WINTER STREET by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best. Read full book review >
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
When the leads are offstage, the novel approaches greatness in its inquiry into what it means to be a good person. But there's too much "her body was a poem beyond memorising" for the novel to fulfill its considerable ambition. Read full book review >
LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal. Read full book review >

THE CALLING by James Frey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A poor start, but future installments might be worth it. (Adventure. 12-16)Read full book review >
THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A must for fans of Kristin Cashore's Fire (2009) and other totally immersive fantasies. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
LITTLE HUMANS by Brandon Stanton
by Brandon Stanton, photographed by Brandon Stanton

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
These humans may be little, but their photos bring large delight. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed. Read full book review >
WORTHY FIGHTS by Leon Panetta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Predictable passages aside, Panetta offers a valuable portrait of how things get done in Washington—cautiously, like this memoir, and with exquisite calculation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >