BESTSELLERS

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 >

CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Gardner tacks on so many twists that even the most astute reader will be confused, and even the intriguing resolution, when it finally comes, doesn't answer all the plot's unnecessary questions. Read full book review >
TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Still, a respectful and absorbing page-turner. Read full book review >
I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor's guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
BOOK OF THE DEAD by Michael Northrop

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city. 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 >