BESTSELLERS

LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT by Anna Dewdney
by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by Anna Dewdney

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
While children should not expect a Bully Goat to change his ways so quickly, this does provide them with some tools against bullying. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
MANSON by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
A compulsively readable account of a murderer who continues to fascinate. Read full book review >

COLLISION 2012 by Dan Balz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
A lively, fair-minded and brisk post-mortem. Read full book review >
THE SPORTS GENE by David Epstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2013
Readers may feel overwhelmed at Epstein's avalanche of genetic and physiological studies, but few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats. Read full book review >
LAWRENCE IN ARABIA by Scott Anderson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
A lively, contrasting study of hubris and humility. Read full book review >

THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2013
Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy. There is real darkness here, but it is offset by the author's natural wit—she weaves in the Pandora myth and a history of the Berlin Wall—and irrepressible goodwill toward her characters. Read full book review >
THE LAST WITNESS by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
Formulaic but great good fun for genre fans. Read full book review >
HOTSHOT by Julie Garwood

VERDICT: BORROW IT
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
Uneven and oddly framed, though true believers will find enough Garwood in here to keep them satisfied. Read full book review >
WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy
by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 30, 2011
A satisfying blend of fantasy, adventure story, eco-fable and political satire with broad appeal; especially recommended for preteen boys. (Fantasy. 10 & up)Read full book review >
A STREET CAT NAMED BOB by James Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013
A rich, moving story of the link between a street-wise cat and a man who earns his living on the streets—perfect for cat lovers. Read full book review >
DEATH ANGEL by Linda Fairstein

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 30, 2013
Fairstein seems less interested in dramatizing official procedure or generating suspense than in serving as a relentlessly didactic tour guide in the mode of Margaret Truman. You'll learn an awful lot about Central Park, but one thing you won't learn is that the setting guarantees a successful thriller. Read full book review >
THE HIGHWAY by C.J. Box

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 30, 2013
Box handles this foolproof formula with complete assurance, keeping the pot at a full boil until the perfunctory, anticlimactic and unsatisfactory ending. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >