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GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law. Read full book review >
GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage. Read full book review >

LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015
Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing. Read full book review >
GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
More of the same from the outspoken Southerner. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
In the end, Black's latest seems to mirror Hazel's fears about herself—"as normal and average as any child ever born"—but like Hazel, it's not without charm.(Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >

THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >
THE FIRST BAD MAN by Miranda July

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A sometimes-funny, sometimes-upsetting, surprisingly absorbing novel that lives up to the expectations created by July's earlier work and demonstrates her ability to carry the qualities of her short fiction into the thickly fleshed-out world of a novel. Read full book review >
COLD COLD HEART by Tami Hoag

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A top-notch psychological thriller. Read full book review >
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence. Read full book review >
ENSNARED by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A visually rich but tortuous conclusion meant for hard-core fans of the goth-chic series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly. (Fantasy. 11-14)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >