BESTSELLERS

ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015
The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme. Read full book review >
THE SCARLET GOSPELS by Clive Barker

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015
Perhaps not the best jumping-on point into Barker's twisted universe, but a fun, gory roller-coaster ride for horror fans and a worthy ending for an iconic villain. Read full book review >

BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015
A perfect fit for the romance lover's beach bag. Read full book review >
SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015
Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction. Read full book review >
THE QUARTET by Joseph J. Ellis
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015
This is Ellis' ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner. Read full book review >

HOLD STILL by Sally Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015
Generously illustrated, Mann's memoir is testimony to photography's power to evoke tender, lucent portraits of the past. Read full book review >
A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED by Tom Brokaw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015
Brokaw's account lacks the depth and fire of Christopher Hitchens' Mortality (2013), but it belongs on the same shelf as a wise and oddly comforting look at the toughest news of all.Read full book review >
SOLITUDE CREEK by Jeffery Deaver

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 12, 2015
Dance's fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can't tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts. Read full book review >
LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015
The promise of redemption in the end is not enough to balance the darkness. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >