BESTSELLERS

M TRAIN by Patti Smith

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
Not as focused as Just Kids, but an atmospheric, moody, and bittersweet memoir to be savored and pondered.Read full book review >
SATURN RUN by John Sandford

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure. Read full book review >

THE SECRET CHORD by Geraldine Brooks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A skillful reimagining of stories already well-known to any well-versed reader of the Bible gracefully and intelligently told. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters. Read full book review >
A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
As Tolkien had his Silmarillion, so Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want more—and with luck, Martin will oblige them with more of these early yarns.Read full book review >

THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 2, 2015
If the book works, it's because children will be bored to sleep, but it's a lot more likely that exhausted adults will succumb before their little ones do. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
NIGHTFALL by Jake Halpern

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
The teens' desperate journey to find their way off the island will keep readers turning pages. (Paranormal adventure. 12-18)Read full book review >
ZEROES by Scott Westerfeld
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
In this series opener by three acclaimed authors, intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers will surely please adventure fans who don't mind an ensemble developed at the expense of the individual. (Science fiction. 13-15)Read full book review >
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
DEEP SOUTH by Paul Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
An epically compelling travel memoir. Read full book review >
I'LL NEVER WRITE MY MEMOIRS by Grace Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
Jones' recollections are a passionate reminder of the fabulous, decadent, and manic coupling of life and art. Read full book review >
SAVING CAPITALISM by Robert B. Reich
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015
Reich's overriding message is that we don't have to put up with things as they are. It's a useful and necessary one, if not likely to sway the powers that be to become more generous of their own volition. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >