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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 >

TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014
A Scarlet Letter for the 21st century. Read full book review >
BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014
Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber's Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold. Read full book review >
THE 100  by Kass Morgan

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
Perhaps the television incarnation will have some life. (Dystopian adventure. 15 & up)Read full book review >
GATHERING BLUE by Lois Lowry
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 1, 2000
A top writer, in top form. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-13) Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS by Simon Schama
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014
A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014
Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone. Read full book review >
YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Jean Hanff Korelitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014
A smart, leisurely study of midlife angst. 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 >