Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE NIX by Nathan Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come."
Sparkling, sweeping debut novel that takes in a large swath of recent American history and pop culture and turns them on their sides. Read full book review >
HOT START by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Freed's fifth mystery has a great pace, abundant humor, and a lively cast of supporting characters."
A wisecracking flight instructor turns sleuth once more to save a fellow ex-military man from a murder charge. Read full book review >

Haylow by Gray Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A funny, thoughtful campus tale."
A Georgia college professor attempts to escape the ghosts of history in Stewart's debut novel. Read full book review >
AFTER DISASTERS by Viet Dinh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A strong debut from an author capable of immersing the reader in a foreign world."
In his debut novel, Dinh explores the complicated world of aid workers and the many ways people can be drawn to work that is dangerous, demanding, and often thankless. Read full book review >
Triple Love Score by Brandi Megan Granett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An entertaining romance novel with an engrossing plot, a conflicted heroine, and a couple of surprising, poignant takeaways."
A young poetry professor debates whether to follow her heart or mind. Read full book review >

DANGEROUS CARGO by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The investigator's second outing is even more muscular than his debut, as Rowson edges her detective puzzles ever closer to thriller territory."
Ex-commando Art Marvik (Silent Running, 2015) tracks down the killer of a man who died twice. Read full book review >
FINAL ACT by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An appealing cast of characters both on set and off makes Gregson's latest outing a pleasure for procedural buffs."
Lambert and Hook (A Necessary End, 2015, etc.) are stymied by an array of suspects who all make their living by deception. Read full book review >
Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana by Jacob M Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An ambitious and provocative grouping of stories filled with peculiar characters."
A collection of short stories plumbs the depths of the human psyche. Read full book review >
HEY, LIBERAL! by Shawn Shiflett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An imperfect but admirably frank exploration of the challenges of integration in the late 1960s."
The white son of a minister active in the civil rights movement is forced to question the values he grew up with after he begins attending a mostly African-American high school in turbulent 1969 Chicago. Read full book review >
THE LESSER BOHEMIANS by Eimear McBride
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A unique, mostly engaging work from a talented writer who will hopefully take another step forward in her next novel."
The follow-up to A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (2014), the author's groundbreaking, award-winning debut novel. Read full book review >
THE SOLDIER'S SCOUNDREL by Cat Sebastian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An accomplished, thoroughly winning debut."
A familiar Regency opposites-attract romance becomes something freshly seductive in the hands of a skilled newcomer. Read full book review >
NO MISTRESS OF MINE by Laura Lee Guhrke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A spellbinding, sizzling romance."
A Victorian-era cabaret dancer inherits part of a well-regarded London repertory theater, but the viscount whose family owns the other half of the business is her estranged former lover. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >