BESTSELLERS

DRY BONES by Craig Johnson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015
Johnson's crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.Read full book review >
SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: May 5, 2015
A many-layered story told with a light touch. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015
Sexy and romantic. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >

PETE THE CAT'S GROOVY GUIDE TO LIFE by Kimberly Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
Pete sucks the substance from these words of wisdom and guidance; for avowed lovers of Pete the Cat only. (Picture book. 4-84)Read full book review >
DEAL by Bill Kreutzmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015
Die-hard Deadheads will be curious though not richly rewarded for their troubles. Read full book review >
IT'S A LONG STORY by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015
Amiable but with an edge, and good reading for Nelson's legion of followers. Read full book review >
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015
An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators. Read full book review >
A GOD IN RUINS by Kate Atkinson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015
But do we really have just one life, as Ursula insists? It's a point worth pondering. A grown-up, elegant fairy tale, at least of a kind, with a humane vision of people in all their complicated splendor. Read full book review >
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015
Bound to be popular. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015
An altogether trite, values-driven star vehicle—worthy of purpose but aside from occasional game action, as dull as a rain delay. (Fiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >