BESTSELLERS

SHE PERSISTED by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017
Pretty but substance-free—which is probably not how any of this book's subjects would like to be remembered. (Informational picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017
A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man. Read full book review >

AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017
Here's how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken's case, made with a smile. Read full book review >
YOU WILL PAY by Lisa Jackson

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017
The laboriously manufactured drama yields so little payout that you may feel more manipulated than intrigued. Read full book review >
BEREN AND LÚTHIEN by J.R.R. Tolkien
Kirkus Star
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017
The story has it all: swords, sorcery, and pure and undying love. (Excellent illustrations, too.) Essential grounding for an epic cycle that shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Read full book review >

NIGHTHAWK by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017
Cussler and company deliver another fun page-turner with a plot ranging from the highly improbable to the totally implausible. Read full book review >
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
With her past couple of titles, Roberts (as opposed to her typically grittier moniker, J.D. Robb) is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect. Read full book review >
CRAZY HOUSE by James Patterson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2017
Yet another bland, half-baked dystopian exercise. (Dystopian adventure. 14-17)Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017
A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach. Read full book review >
THE FROZEN HOURS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017
Brilliant, thoroughly readable historical fiction. Read full book review >
DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017
Falls short of Crichton's many blockbusters, but fun reading nonetheless, especially for those interested in the early days of American paleontology. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S FATE by Evelyn Skye

VERDICT: SKIP IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017
Readers may well prefer the bittersweet, ambiguous ending of the first volume to this overly pat conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >