BESTSELLERS

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
"What would Anita Brookner do?" asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it. Read full book review >

NORA WEBSTER by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A novel of mourning, healing and awakening; its plainspoken eloquence never succumbs to the sentimentality its heroine would reject. Read full book review >
PARIS MATCH by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
All this, and much less, is played out against a generic Paris that, apart from the title and the dust jacket illustration, could have been St. Petersburg, Prague or Pittsburgh. Read full book review >
SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging. Read full book review >

LILA by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next. Read full book review >
DEADLINE by John Sandford

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Funny, sexy, action-packed and tragic in all the right moments. (Horror/paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
REBEL YELL by S.C. Gwynne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997). Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF STYLE by Steven Pinker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky without being overly so and literate throughout. 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 >