BESTSELLERS

RIGHTFUL HERITAGE by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016
Overlong, as are so many of Brinkley's books, but a brightly written, highly useful argument, especially in a time when the public domain is under siege. Read full book review >
SISI by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016
A satisfying saga of the late Habsburg period. Read full book review >

AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD by Tracy Chevalier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016
Nonfictional details bring the novel authenticity, often at the expense of character development or narrative cohesion. Read full book review >
DEEP BLUE by Randy Wayne White

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016
The front-loading of the major surprises makes this adventure middling among Doc Ford's recent Bond-like encounters with villains with political agendas (Cuba Straits, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up. Read full book review >

WEDDING CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
Undemanding fantasy fun. (Fantasy. 12-18)Read full book review >
BAD LUCK by Pseudonymous Bosch

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016
For readers who like (or at least don't mind) continual authorial asides, a sturdy middle volume. ("backmatter"; map and illustrations, not seen) (Fantasy. 12-14)Read full book review >
THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE by Alec Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016
Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them. Read full book review >
LEONARD by William Shatner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016
A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Neil Smith

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016
Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that "it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me."Read full book review >
THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016
The idea of a woman who stands beside an alleged monster is an intriguing one, and very nearly well-executed here, if it weren't bogged down with other too-familiar plotlines. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >