BESTSELLERS

BOMBSHELL by Catherine Coulter

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 9, 2013
The latest addition to Coulter's FBI series (Whiplash, 2010, etc.) uses a run-of-the-mill mystery to bring together some of her fans' favorite characters. Read full book review >
GETTYSBURG by Allen C. Guelzo
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 2013
Robust, memorable reading that will appeal to Civil War buffs, professional historians and general readers alike. Read full book review >

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE by Julie Fogliano
Released: May 14, 2013
The boy, his dog and bird rear back in wonder; readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >
UNSEEN by Karin Slaughter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 2, 2013
As lurid and sanguinary as any of Lena and Will's earlier cases but a lot more distractingly kaleidoscopic, as generic professional criminals battle for attention with the far more compelling histrionics of series regulars. Read full book review >
AFFLICTION by Laurell K. Hamilton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 2, 2013
The already converted may consider a sermon interleaved with brief slivers of story acceptable; others will be bored rather than outraged. Read full book review >

EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Liz Kessler
Released: Feb. 12, 2013
The unexpected ending will surely satisfy as a fitting close to this light page turner. Past fans of the series should especially enjoy diving in. (Fantasy. 9-12)Read full book review >
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt
by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: June 27, 2013
A comical, fresh look at crayons and color. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE GREAT DEGENERATION by Niall Ferguson
Released: June 13, 2013
The author's apocalypse will result from conservative bugaboos, and he delivers an entertaining, often convincing polemic. Read full book review >
MO' META BLUES by Ahmir Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013
Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here. Read full book review >
SISTERLAND by Curtis Sittenfeld
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2013
A rich portrait of intricate relationships within and among families by one of commercial fiction's smartest, most perceptive practitioners. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL DAY by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2013
A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing. Read full book review >
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Aug. 24, 2010
It will grab them and not let go, and if it leaves them with questions, well, then, it's probably exactly the book Collins was hoping for, too. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >