Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

VISITATIONS by Lee Upton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2017

"Poignant, exquisite, and endlessly witty."
Upton's (The Tao of Humiliation, 2014, etc.) latest collection comprises stories inhabited by characters either entangled in classic literature or their own convoluted tales. Read full book review >
THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES  by Anna Smith Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Should appeal to grimdark fans looking for the extreme edge; others may well find it nasty, brutish, and not short enough."
Fantasy debut and first of a series from an author whose Twitter handle is @queenofgrimdark; it first appeared earlier this year in the U.K. Read full book review >

SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Robinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to end."
DS Alan Banks is snapped out of mourning his long-ago first love by a particularly nasty murder spree that interrupts the nuptials at St. Mary's Church. Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As the plot grows more complicated, it also sheds believability, leaving sex and witty banter to carry the day."
Brown (Mean Streak, 2014, etc.) ticks off the boxes that elevate her books to the bestseller lists in this sexy romantic thriller set in Texas. Read full book review >
CITY FOLK AND COUNTRY FOLK by Sofia Khvoshchinskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Set against a backdrop of the emancipation of the serfs, touching on the (assumed) backwardness of rural Russia and the role of its elite in political reform, the book at its heart is the story of two country women asserting their independence."
Russian author Khvoshchinskaya exposes class differences and hypocrisies in this rediscovered novel translated into English for the first time. Read full book review >

THE STONE SKY by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Painful and powerful."
Jemisin concludes her Broken Earth trilogy (The Obelisk Gate, 2016, etc.), about a vengeful Earth whose tectonic instability can be controlled by the despised and feared orogenes. Read full book review >
THE RAT CATCHERS' OLYMPICS by Colin Cotterill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The 12th case for the irrepressible Laotian coroner (I Shot the Buddha, 2016, etc.) has a rambling plot but crackles with humor and overflows with eccentric characters. Droll chapter titles add an extra soupcon of mirth."
Cotterill's curmudgeonly coroner visits the Moscow Olympics, uncovering diverse dastardly deeds. Read full book review >
HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A powerful novel and a timely one."
A modern-day Antigone set against political tensions in London, Shamsie's latest is a haunting and arrestingly current portrait of two families forever caught in the insurmountable gap between love and country, loyalty and desire. Read full book review >
A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers looking for someone, anyone, to root for won't find it among these well-to-do suburbanites behaving badly."
After a terrible car accident, a woman is left without memory of the events, but a dead body at the scene speaks of something sinister. Read full book review >
DOG DISH OF DOOM by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The wry, feisty heroine is a welcome addition to Copperman's troupe. It's only to be hoped that he'll save some ink for his sleuthing mystery author or, especially, his autistic detective."
Copperman (Written Off, 2016, etc.) adds yet another franchise to his growing resume when he introduces Kay Powell, "Agent to the Paws." Read full book review >
THE SHAPE OF BONES by Daniel Galera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An elegant meditation on the passage of time and its discontents."
Young Brazilian novelist and translator Galera (Blood-Drenched Beard, 2015) returns with a slender tale of yearning and memory. Read full book review >
HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP by Veronica Henry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A light romantic comedy well-suited for bibliophiles and Anglophiles alike."
A young woman takes over her father's bookshop and discovers its importance to its small-town clientele. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >