BESTSELLERS

THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017
A departure for both authors and a pleasing combination of much appeal to fans of speculative fiction. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY POINT OF CONTACT by Mike Maden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017
With typhoons; deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns; and a weaponized thumb drive, the action reaches Clancy levels early and stays there. Read full book review >

THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017
Intelligent escapism with heart. Read full book review >
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie, the model who's evoked here in dozens of telltale details, will welcome this wildly inventive homage/update/commentary as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year. Read full book review >
INDECENT EXPOSURE by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
Woods, who's never been shy about recycling material from his hero's earlier adventures, here reprises the plot of Carnal Curiosity (2014) and manages to resurrect some much older matter as well. The fade-out, however, promises new developments that follow a predictably inflated curve. Read full book review >

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS by Arundhati Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
An assured novel borne along by a swiftly moving storyline that addresses the most profound issues with elegant humor. Let's hope we won't have to wait two decades for its successor. Read full book review >
CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
How all these little threads join up is a pleasure for Grisham fans to behold: there's nothing particularly surprising about it, but he's a skillful spinner of mayhem and payback. 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 >
THE FROZEN HOURS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017
Brilliant, thoroughly readable historical fiction. 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 >