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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 >
DESCENT by Tim Johnston

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Neither Grant nor Sean—Angela barely registers for the reader—makes for a compelling lead character, both laconic to the point of annoyance, and while Caitlin's ordeal is chilling, it's not enough to buoy this overwritten yet occasionally poignant tale. Read full book review >
FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Years later, Sophie is getting ready to star in a play that's intended to revive her career. "The play is much better than I thought it was going to be," she thinks. "It's funny, and sad—like life." And like this novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >