BESTSELLERS

HOW ABOUT NEVER—IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU? by Bob Mankoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014
Those who aspire to a career drawing for the New Yorker will find this essential reading—or just give up. Read full book review >
A NICE LITTLE PLACE ON THE NORTH SIDE by George F. Will
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 25, 2014
Digressive, amusing, anecdotal, legend-shattering, self-deprecating and passionate—just what you want in a friend sitting beside you at the ballpark. Read full book review >

A CALL TO ACTION by Jimmy Carter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014
The overall effect is one of well-meaning but fuzzy prescription, less rigorous than this difficult subject requires. Read full book review >
RUSH REVERE AND THE FIRST PATRIOTS by Rush Limbaugh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 11, 2014
What's next? Probably an equally maladroit series of trips to the Revolutionary War itself. (author's note, quiz) (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS by Bill O'Reilly
Released: April 1, 2014
Insofar as the reading level of the book for adults is on a par with this effort—for the most part, only the substance has been simplified—it's hard to see the value of this iteration. (source list, recommended reading) (Biography. 12-15)Read full book review >

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014
Willems' formula is still a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
CAVENDON HALL by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014
Not even the Great War can jar this novel out of its stalwart complacency. Read full book review >
FROG MUSIC by Emma Donoghue

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: April 1, 2014
More fine work from one of popular fiction's most talented practitioners. Read full book review >
WARRIORS by Ted Bell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2014
Near the end, a villain exclaims, "Then bring me the head of Alexander Hawke!" Really, there's no need. When we finish enjoying Warriors, just bring us Hawke's next lively adventure. Read full book review >
DESTROYER ANGEL by Nevada Barr

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014
A tour de force that's both the most one-dimensional and the most satisfying of Anna's recent adventures. Read full book review >
BY ITS COVER by Donna Leon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014
Brunetti (The Golden Egg, 2013, etc.) spends less time with both his charming family and his highly variable colleagues than usual; and with the exception of Franchini, the characters remain distantly evoked rather than vividly present. This one really is for readers who love books. Read full book review >
I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014
Rest easy, Agatha: Clark (Daddy's Gone A Hunting, 2013, etc.) can't match your skill at spinning webs as logical as they are surprising. Along the way, however, few readers will be able to resist her creaky charm. 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 >