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HOLY COW by David Duchovny
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
An offbeat adventure that reads something like Bill Willingham's Fables directed by Ralph Bakshi. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS by Alex Berenson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
This one is well-worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date. Read full book review >

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art. Read full book review >
OBSESSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
More futuristic tech than usual but little suspense, less mystery and a generic culprit. Even Eve's final confrontation with her prey, normally a strength of this venerable series, is a letdown. Happy New Year. Read full book review >
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Fans should just wait for Winter, coming in fall 2015. (Science fiction/fairy tale. 13 & up)Read full book review >

DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Juvenilia from a genius, showing bright signs of future masterworks. (introduction) (Short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >
THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander
Released: March 18, 2014
Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. (Verse fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014
Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE BRAIN'S WAY OF HEALING by Norman Doidge
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A lively, anecdotal account of potential new directions that may point the way to major therapeutic breakthroughs. Read full book review >
GOD'S BANKERS by Gerald Posner
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
A meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vatican's legendary, enabling secrecy. Read full book review >
RED NOTICE by Bill Browder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
It may be that "Russian stories never have happy endings," but Browder's account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin's thugocracy. Read full book review >
THE TEENAGE BRAIN by Frances E. Jensen
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
More at home in college classrooms than on parents' nightstands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >