BESTSELLERS

HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015
A smart book that entertains page by page but doesn't add up to anything larger. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015
Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own. Read full book review >

ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015
It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs. Read full book review >
COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015
The two unrelated plotlines give the impression that Jance (Moving Target, 2014, etc.) didn't have enough of either for a complete story. Yet Ali's good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole greater than the sum of its parts.Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015
On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate. Read full book review >

ENDANGERED by C.J. Box
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015
All the action and suspense of Box's long string of high-country adventures, with a solution that's considerably tighter and more satisfying than most of them. One of Joe's best. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
A brilliant work. Read full book review >
LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Another compelling, intellectually charged period piece by Kanon, who works in the shadows of fear as well as anyone now writing. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015
Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series. Read full book review >
THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition. Read full book review >
HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Tess' constant worry about whether she's a good mother dovetails ironically with Dawes' fight to win her daughters back. Lippman dives deep not only into the ways women tend to question their choices and abilities, but also into whether all mothers, and kids, are a little crazy. 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 >