BESTSELLERS

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
In the wake of rage and sorrow, ordinary people respond by going crazy and screwing up. In this far-from-ordinary novel, Price/Brandt explores the hows and whys. Fasten your seat belt. Read full book review >
DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue.Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder. Read full book review >
HOLY COW by David Duchovny
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
An offbeat adventure that reads something like Bill Willingham's Fables directed by Ralph Bakshi. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS by Alex Berenson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
This one is well-worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date. Read full book review >

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art. Read full book review >
OBSESSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
More futuristic tech than usual but little suspense, less mystery and a generic culprit. Even Eve's final confrontation with her prey, normally a strength of this venerable series, is a letdown. Happy New Year. Read full book review >
DESCENT by Tim Johnston

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Neither Grant nor Sean—Angela barely registers for the reader—makes for a compelling lead character, both laconic to the point of annoyance, and while Caitlin's ordeal is chilling, it's not enough to buoy this overwritten yet occasionally poignant tale. Read full book review >
FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Years later, Sophie is getting ready to star in a play that's intended to revive her career. "The play is much better than I thought it was going to be," she thinks. "It's funny, and sad—like life." And like this novel. Read full book review >
CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Gardner tacks on so many twists that even the most astute reader will be confused, and even the intriguing resolution, when it finally comes, doesn't answer all the plot's unnecessary questions. Read full book review >
TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Still, a respectful and absorbing page-turner. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >