BESTSELLERS

HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015
A smart book that entertains page by page but doesn't add up to anything larger. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015
Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own. Read full book review >

SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015
Dragon fiction has never flown higher. Seraphina's adventures may be over, but here's hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come. (map, cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
This is an uneven read that suffers from grandiose ambitions. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
17 CARNATIONS by Andrew Morton
HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2015
Morton insists that Edward never really wanted to be king and implies that Simpson never wanted to marry him. A better book would begin in Spain and focus on the damning papers, saving readers all the silly bits and innuendo of Simpson's affairs. Read full book review >

OUR KIDS by Robert D. Putnam
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 10, 2015
An insightful book that paints a disturbing picture of the collapse of the working class and the growth of an upper class that seems to be largely unaware of the other's precarious existence. Read full book review >
BETTYVILLE by George Hodgman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015
Movingly honest, at times droll, and ultimately poignant. Read full book review >
EVERY DAY I FIGHT by Stuart Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015
A class act and a courageous voice to the end. Read full book review >
DEAD WAKE by Erik Larson
HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2015
An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster. Compared to Greg King and Penny Wilson's Lusitania (2014), also publishing to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, Larson's is the superior account.Read full book review >
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015
It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs. Read full book review >
COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015
The two unrelated plotlines give the impression that Jance (Moving Target, 2014, etc.) didn't have enough of either for a complete story. Yet Ali's good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole greater than the sum of its parts.Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015
On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >