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THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2016
Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read. (Futuristic fantasy/horror. 15 & up)Read full book review >
BUSH by Jean Edward Smith

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016
A relentlessly hard-hitting assessment of a president who was a "decider" but "did not wrestle with the details of policy." Read full book review >

BOBBY KENNEDY by Larry Tye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016
Richly researched prose that sometimes soars too close to the sun of admiration. Read full book review >
SEINFELDIA by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016
How nothing could become something or how a national TV audience learned to live in a Beckett-ian world. Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PROBLEM? by Kobi Yamada
by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016
A straightforward, effective approach to helping children cope with one of life's commonplace yet emotionally fraught situations, this belongs on the shelf alongside Molly Bang's Sophie books. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >

IF YOU CAN KEEP IT by Eric Metaxas
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 14, 2016
A controversial view of America's past and future that will appeal to Christian readers. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF NAILS by Lenny Dykstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016
Dykstra makes no apologies, offering "the real truth," but readers' opinions of him will be harsh. Read full book review >
FIRST COMES LOVE by Emily Giffin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016
Giffin's fans will be pleased with this fast-paced, witty, and thoughtful new offering. Read full book review >
WHITE TRASH by Nancy Isenberg
HISTORY
Released: June 21, 2016
A riveting thesis supported by staggering research. Read full book review >
VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016
Neither a faithful retelling nor a trenchant countertale, though agreeable enough as an afternoon's entertainment. Read full book review >
EXTREMELY CUTE ANIMALS OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016
While readers may appreciate the messages of overcoming bullying and granting forgiveness, the story is hampered by cringe-inducing stereotypes. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
INVISIBLE INFLUENCE by Jonah Berger
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 14, 2016
Of particular interest to those selling messages of various stripes—marketers, advertisers, etc. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >