Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A PERFECT LIFE by Eileen Pollack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2016

"Pollack expertly and sensitively focuses on the nuances of ambivalence and on the human dilemma of what to do in the complex ethical situations that arise from genetic research."
Jane Weiss, a research scientist at MIT, investigates the genetic makeup of a neurodegenerative disease, a quest made more urgent because her mother died of the disease and Jane herself has a 50 percent chance of having it. Read full book review >
DECANTING A MURDER by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Not all of Katie's charm and wine savvy can compensate for Nettmann's complete disregard for police procedure. Here's hoping that further series entries lavish as much attention on detection as on cabernet sauvignon."
A young wine steward helps a friend facing murder charges. Read full book review >

THE FINAL TAP by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kelsey's second appearance reviews the past and present of maple sugar, adds some romantic complications, and tosses in perhaps too many suspects for a truly cohesive story."
Who knew maple sugar could provide a motive for murder? Read full book review >
KILLER COCKTAIL by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kiely's modern-day Nick and Nora Charles provide plenty of clever repartee as they delve into a mystery full of Hollywood heavyweights with motives for murder."
A glamorous night at the Academy Awards ends in tragedy. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A TREAT by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"No serious departures here from Johnston's series debut (Bite the Biscuit, 2015) or oeuvre (the more recent Knock on Wood, 2015)."
The possible dognapping of a pooch that belonged to her brother's new girlfriend puts a dog lover on watch and maybe in danger herself. Read full book review >

BRAVING IT by James Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Informative, humorous, and full of a love of nature."
A father and daughter's adventures in Alaska. Read full book review >
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen with her sights set on a scholarship for a psychology undergraduate program befriends a boy with agoraphobia in order to write an essay about the experience in this novel from Printz Medal winner Whaley. Read full book review >
THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, CASSIE PARKER by Terra Elan McVoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A smart, heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Fiona's diary is stolen by the most popular girl in seventh grade, she braces herself for the worst summer ever. Read full book review >
ZERO K by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"DeLillo's latest novel asks compelling questions, but its answers are a bit shopworn."
A cryogenic facility beyond the edges of civilization provokes a series of meditations on death and life. Read full book review >
LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
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."
After accidentally shooting his friend and neighbor's young son, a man on a Native American reservation subscribes to "an old form of justice" by giving his own son, LaRose, to the parents of his victim. Read full book review >
THE PIER FALLS by Mark Haddon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Haddon deserves credit for taking chances even if not all of them pay off."
Time and connection are recurring themes in this story collection from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003, etc.).Read full book review >
ALLEGHENY FRONT by Matthew Neill Null
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Breece D'J Pancake gets all the literary press out of West Virginia, what there is of it. But he's been dead nearly 40 years, and it's high time someone else did. Null is a natural writer with much to say."
Sometimes lyrical, sometimes scarifying stories by the up-and-coming author of Honey from the Lion (2015).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >