BESTSELLERS

WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
Far too lengthy for any but the most avid fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)Read full book review >
THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary—trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner. Read full book review >

BELOW THE BELT by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
An unusually strong premise, and this time Woods keeps his eye on the ball, ignoring the siren call of consumer spending that sank Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016) and so many others, plotting as if he actually means it. Warning, though: some ripped-from-the-headlines elements may extend fans' post-election blues. Read full book review >
THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016
An important book that merits—and will likely receive—broad circulation and discussion. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016
Outspoken, honest commentary of what it's like to be Princess Leia on and off the screen. Read full book review >

THE UNDOING PROJECT by Michael Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016
Kahneman and Tversky approached their personal lives and their research in extremely divergent manners. At times, Lewis' details about the unlikely coupling overwhelm the larger narrative, but that is a minor complaint in another solid book from this gifted author. Read full book review >
WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 12, 2016
With smart witticisms to launch each quick-paced chapter, Isaiah is truly a mouse that roars. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH AN ELF by Adam Wallace
by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
A forgettable effort that fails to capture any of the magical charm of Santa's story. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE  by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016
A generation past Red October, the America-hating bad guys have added spyware, hacking, the dark web, and Bitcoins to those ubiquitous AK-47s. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016
You know the expression "This is not your grandma's epic novel"? Well, this is your grandma's epic novel, anodyne but sweeping in its sweet way, full of home truths and consolation. Read full book review >
PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016
Rice's latest excursion into otherly realms may leave some readers feeling overstuffed—but others, to be sure, will be hungry for more. Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016
A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >