Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ALL THE WAY by Kristen Proby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A sexy, entertaining read."
An injured actress becomes romantically involved with an attorney, and as their relationship gets serious, they must navigate their strong personalities, geographic challenges, and her resentful brother. Read full book review >
TEMPTED BY LOVE by Jennifer Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Expect a lot of skimming to get to the good parts."
A one-night stand and a mysterious attack complicate the "just friends" relationship between a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the younger sister of his two best friends. Read full book review >

CITY OF INK by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Highly atmospheric and elegantly appointed, this mystery from Hart (The White Mirror, 2016, etc.) shines brightest in her detective's sublime cat-and-mouse interrogations of the gallery of witnesses and suspects. The introverted, intellectual sleuth is a perfect match for most any armchair detective."
An 18th-century sleuth risks his own safety in his pursuit of justice and the truth. Read full book review >
THE HAZARDS OF GOOD FORTUNE by Seth Greenland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"An entertaining tale rich in schadenfreude as bad things happen to a hapless billionaire."
A gimlet-eyed writer observes the life of a New York property baron as it unravels amid personal, business, and legal woes. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LOUIS BLOOM by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Once again, it's hard to resist a hero who realizes, 'He just had a habit of opening his mouth and not knowing what was going to come out.'"
A welcome return for Brendy McCusker, the rent-a-cop who used to work for the Ulster Constabulary, and DI Lily O'Carroll, who still does. Read full book review >

THE PHANTOM TREE by Nicola Cornick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Cornick takes a little-known historical figure, Mary Seymour, and crafts a creative and layered narrative around her life and times."
A young woman from Elizabethan England becomes trapped in the present in Cornick's (House of Shadows, 2017, etc.) historical fantasy. Read full book review >
PEN AMERICA BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2018 by Yuka  Igarashi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A pleasure for fans of short fiction and a promise of good things to come from this year's roster of prizewinners."
Sophomore volume in a recently inaugurated PEN series honoring debut short fiction published in print or online. Read full book review >
VOX by Christina Dalcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"The oppression of women is an ever relevant topic. Dalcher's premise is tantalizing, but the execution of her thought experiment—what happens when women's voices are taken, in the most literal sense?— quickly devolves into the stuff of workaday thrillers."
In the not-too-distant future, American women and girls are allowed a quota of 100 spoken words per day, after which each syllable triggers electrocution via wrist band. Read full book review >
TERRA INCOGNITA by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Clever, funny, thought-provoking, and sweet, these stories are classic Willis."
A master of fantasy playfully combines science fiction with other genres in three antic novellas. Read full book review >
THE AIR YOU BREATHE by Frances de Pontes Peebles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Peebles' detailed and atmospheric story is cinematic in scope, panoramic in view, and lyrical in tone."
Samba music and its allure beats beneath this winding and sinuous tale of ambition, memory, and identity. Read full book review >
BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Fans of this brilliant series will not be disappointed by the murder mystery or the big reveal of its heroine's motivation for trashing her life."
A woman determined to atone and make a difference returns to her drug-plagued hometown. Read full book review >
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE YOURSELF by JM Holmes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"The publisher says Holmes is working on his first novel. This collection makes you thirst for whatever's coming next."
As up-to-the-minute as a Kendrick Lamar track and as ruefully steeped in eternal truths as a Gogol tale, these stories of young working-class black men coming into their dubious inheritances mark the debut of an assured young talent in American storytelling. 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 >