BESTSELLERS

THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN by Mohamed A. El-Erian
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016
Fiscal-policy wonks will find this look at the financial system illuminating, though ordinary investors and civilians will find it daunting. Read full book review >
CURE by Jo Marchant
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject. Read full book review >

WHY THE RIGHT WENT WRONG by E.J. Dionne Jr.
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
An important pundit delivers a thorough exegesis of the stubborn recurrence of the fringe right wing in response to a sense of "lost social status in a rapidly changing country." Read full book review >
DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
A valuable contribution to the study of modern electoral politics in an age that Theodore White, and perhaps even Hunter S. Thompson, would not recognize. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
Anglophiles will find Bryson's field notes equally entertaining and educational. Read full book review >

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity. Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell. Read full book review >
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too. Read full book review >
CRIPPLED AMERICA by Donald J. Trump
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
A brief but still highly padded gift to true believers. Anyone else…well, here's a scowl for you. Read full book review >
MY LIFE ON THE ROAD by Gloria Steinem

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
An invigoratingly candid memoir from a giant of women's rights. Read full book review >
LIGHTS OUT by Ted Koppel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Koppel's case for the cyberthreat is strong; government officials seem (perhaps justifiably) preoccupied by other matters, or clueless, or both. Read full book review >
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL by Carrie Brownstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Unlike many rock star memoirs, there's no sense that this book is a chore or a marketing effort. It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >