BESTSELLERS

LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016
Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about "the phosphorous of grief" but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another. Read full book review >
EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016
Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave's miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout, with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality. Read full book review >

REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016
Enough characters, confrontations, secrets, and subplots to fill the stage of an opera house—and leave spectators from the orchestra to the balcony moved and misty-eyed. Read full book review >
ZERO K by Don DeLillo

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016
DeLillo's latest novel asks compelling questions, but its answers are a bit shopworn. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016
Russo hits his trademark trifecta: satisfying, hilarious, and painlessly profound. Read full book review >

EXTREME PREY by John Sandford

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016
An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines. Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
An admirably seriocomic look at a headlong leap into maturity. Read full book review >
MAESTRA by L.S. Hilton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Billed as erotic suspense, this is not a book for suspense fans; it's more a portrait of a sociopathic woman with a voracious appetite for sexual adventure. Read full book review >
ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Delight in this tale for its hilarious and endearing family drama, but don't expect to get the same level of romantics and Darcy-inflicted swoon that make the original untouchable. Read full book review >
THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Riddled with implausible situations and light on the research, this plodding tale is for die-hard Baldacci fans only. Read full book review >
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
This is a beautiful, patient, and timeless book, one that builds upon centuries and shows how the smallest choices—like the chosen mix for yellow paint—can be the definitive markings of an entire life. Read full book review >
MOST WANTED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016
The fairy-tale ending calls for some convenient coincidences and changes of heart, but Scottoline's legion of fans will be too relieved to object. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >