BESTSELLERS

RAIN ON THE DEAD by Jack Higgins

VERDICT: SKIP IT
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
A good read for those who want bullets without the complexity or distraction of a tight narrative. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OPTION by W.E.B. Griffin
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
Another Griffin adventure to bring out the Walter Mitty in every red-white-and-blue-blooded American male. Read full book review >

DIE AGAIN by Tess Gerritsen
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
Mystery lovers not familiar with the author's work should brace themselves, because they might trip over a bucket of entrails. But they will also find a terrific storyteller. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh. Read full book review >
THE BOSTON GIRL by Anita Diamant

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014
Enjoyable fiction with a detailed historical backdrop, this sweet tale is paradigmatic book club fare, but we expect something more substantial from the author of The Red Tent (1997) and The Last Days of Dogtown (2005).Read full book review >

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
An abundantly diverting mystery seasoned with mild fantasy and just a little steampunk. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
YODA by Beth Stern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
Proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League America, which is probably the best thing that can be said about this well-meaning but unsuccessful story. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014
But exemplary first and second acts are enough to make this the most successful melding to date of Rosato & DiNunzio's cases and Scottoline's family-centered stand-alones (Keep Quiet, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
ROGUE KNIGHT by Brandon Mull

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
A flaccid, phoned-in sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP by Al Michaels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
Shields writes with considerable reflection; she's done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she's learned. Read full book review >
THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
The continuing sleuth easily substitutes for Clark's interchangeable damsels in distress, and Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. This serendipitous series launch, or continuation, will satisfy Clark's legion of fans and may well win her some new ones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >