BESTSELLERS

ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date. Read full book review >
NUTSHELL by Ian McEwan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
Clever, likable, and yet unsatisfying, this tale too often bears out the narrator's early claim: "I take in everything, even the trivia—of which there is much." Read full book review >

AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
Plenty of action, humor, and literary allusions drive the story to a bang-up conclusion. Johnson (Dry Bones, 2015, etc.) never disappoints. Read full book review >
COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers. Read full book review >
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016
A masterly encapsulation of modern Russian history, this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility (2011). Read full book review >

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016
Sharply observed but perhaps a bit too sprawling, Foer's novel bites off more than it can chew. Read full book review >
RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016
Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention. Read full book review >
APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016
Not much state-of-the-fantasy-art high-tech this time, and no wonder: shaken readers will instantly recognize the contemporary American landscape, filled with trigger-happy vigilantes and the firepower they need to make themselves famous, beneath the futuristic trappings. Read full book review >
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016
It's difficult to drum up sympathy for this missing child, swaddled as she is in such a dull and harmless plot. Read full book review >
THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Burke's gritty coming-of-age tale is a typically entertaining read that may cap a trilogy but also begs for a sequel. Read full book review >
THE NIX by Nathan Hill
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016
A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come. Read full book review >
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >