BESTSELLERS

THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH  by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016
The biggest mystery is how the reader can figure out what happened so quickly, yet it takes the commissario di polizia the whole book to catch on. Still, the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater. Read full book review >
THE STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016
Fans savvy enough to ignore the ill-advised extras and keep their eyes on the duel between Rhyme and Unsub 40 will be treated to all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute. Read full book review >

OFF THE GRID by C.J. Box

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016
Even though you just know Box isn't going to put an end to his highly successful franchise by blowing his lead characters to kingdom come, you can't help turning the pages and holding your breath until you find out where this scary, all-too-plausible caravan is heading. Read full book review >
RIGHTFUL HERITAGE by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016
Overlong, as are so many of Brinkley's books, but a brightly written, highly useful argument, especially in a time when the public domain is under siege. Read full book review >
SISI by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016
A satisfying saga of the late Habsburg period. Read full book review >

AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD by Tracy Chevalier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016
Nonfictional details bring the novel authenticity, often at the expense of character development or narrative cohesion. Read full book review >
DEEP BLUE by Randy Wayne White

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016
The front-loading of the major surprises makes this adventure middling among Doc Ford's recent Bond-like encounters with villains with political agendas (Cuba Straits, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up. Read full book review >
WEDDING CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
Undemanding fantasy fun. (Fantasy. 12-18)Read full book review >
BAD LUCK by Pseudonymous Bosch

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016
For readers who like (or at least don't mind) continual authorial asides, a sturdy middle volume. ("backmatter"; map and illustrations, not seen) (Fantasy. 12-14)Read full book review >
THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE by Alec Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016
Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >