BESTSELLERS

EXCELLENT SHEEP by William Deresiewicz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate. Read full book review >
THE ORGANIZED MIND by Daniel J. Levitin
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
A prolific genre of books covers this subject, but Levitin holds his own, and his examination of brain function stands out. Read full book review >

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
Despite its epic size and aspirations, the novel is underpopulated and often underwritten, a quality that does make its richer moments stand out while stoking the appetite for more of those in fewer pages. Read full book review >
MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown

VERDICT: SKIP IT
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable. Read full book review >
ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
More trite truthiness from Coelho. Read full book review >

RUSH REVERE AND THE BRAVE PILGRIMS by Rush Limbaugh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Exceptionally bad. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
FOOL'S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hobb is hardly the first to stumble in reviving a long-dormant series, nor will she be the last. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by James Rollins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Tune in to find out. Literature it's not—more like an industrial product that sort of looks like it, in the same way that a fast-food burger resembles food. Still, it's plenty tasty, if not very nutritious. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book. Read full book review >
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Another tour de force from Japan's greatest living novelist. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005
Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska's vanilla-and-cigarettes scent. (Fiction. YA) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >