BESTSELLERS

40 CHANCES by Howard G. Buffett
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
An impressive example of how an individual's diligent work can truly affect the world. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MATTER by Charles Krauthammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew. Read full book review >

THE LAST DARK by Stephen R. Donaldson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
It goes without saying that a reader who enters the series without the benefit of the preceding volumes will be utterly lost. Definitively of a piece with what has come before; if you're a fan of Donaldson, this is indispensable. If not, of course, not. Read full book review >
THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
There's a lovely payoff after the miles of twists and turns. It's work getting there but work of a thoroughly pleasant kind. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER by Anne Rice

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators. Read full book review >

BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Not as rich as Fielding's first two Bridget Jones books. Bridget's fans will want it anyway. When Fielding is funny, she's very funny. Read full book review >
POLICE by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel. Read full book review >
IDENTICAL by Scott Turow

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2013
Classic (in more senses than one) Turow. Read full book review >
JUST ONE EVIL ACT by Elizabeth George

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
George's fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, she's quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley—well, he's as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word. Read full book review >
SILENT NIGHT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
The mystery is even less robust than Parker's own final cases for the peerless PI, but Spenser lets nothing him dismay. If this adventure lights the tree, expect Christmas tales starring Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Hannibal Lecter. Read full book review >
WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
We all know that life is tangled and messy. Still, in reminding readers of this fact, Lamb turns in a satisfyingly grown-up story, elegantly written. Read full book review >
THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
A standout—and well worth the wait. 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 >