Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DEAD OF SPRING  by Sherry  Knowlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"Using current and recent news stories about fracking and Three Mile Island to make a case for her own causes, Knowlton hangs it all on a middling mystery/thriller/romance with a complex heroine."
A lawyer who yearns for the quiet life proves a magnet for murder. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD  by Kate Brandes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"An expertly paced, moving exploration of grief and responsibility and an eloquent portrait of a small town struggling with compromise."
A small-town family, torn apart by tragedy, must find a way to overcome their grievances when they face a common threat in Brandes' debut novel. Read full book review >

NO HARM DONE by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"McGarry at her best pushes the envelope just past realism in a way that can be comic, creepy, and poignant, putting her in the school of Lorrie Moore and George Saunders."
Short stories dominated by postwar Irish-American families and marked by an entertainingly strange sensibility. Read full book review >
THE DOGS OF INISHERE by Alannah Hopkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"A warmly rendered collection."
A cast of eccentrics and outsiders populates a collection set largely in coastal Ireland. Read full book review >
THE RECONSTRUCTION by Rein Raud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"A disturbing and heartbreaking novel that deserves a wide audience."
A subtle, heart-rending Estonian novel about a father in the last few months of his life trying to reconstruct the circumstances of his daughter's suicide. Read full book review >

MARION HATLEY by Beth Castrodale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2017

"A reflective, compassionate, and gracefully written tale about a designer that effectively uses its historical setting."
In this debut novel set in 1931, a corsetiere fleeing scandal starts over in a small town, where she learns more about her past and herself. Read full book review >
A MORAL TALE AND OTHER MORAL TALES by Josh Emmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Though it's occasionally uneven, this collection is thought-provoking and incisive at its best."
The characters in these stylistically disparate stories grapple with tense relationships, falsehoods, and questions of right and wrong. Read full book review >
LEGEND HAS IT  by Elliott  James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"An urban fantasy that features an irreverent, smart-mouthed hero and adventures that are entertaining, if not particularly thrilling."
The fifth book in the Pax Arcana urban fantasy series takes James' (In Shining Armor, 2016, etc.) cast of characters on a near-catastrophic romp through a reality destabilized by fairy tale and myth. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO HAD TWO NAVELS AND TALES OF THE TROPICAL GOTHIC by Nick Joaquin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Steeped in Filipino history and culture, Joaquin's work is a welcome discovery."
A collection of short stories and a play by Joaquin (1917-2004), one of the Philippines' leading writers in English, who finds passion and melodrama in the nation's colonial and Catholic history. Read full book review >
FALLOUT by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A steadily deepening historical nightmare that ends up implicating pretty much everyone in sight in a multilayered coverup. Whodunit purists may be frustrated at the absence of a single villain to blame, but Paretsky's legion of fans will rejoice in her heroically scaled 20th novel."
Think V.I. Warshawski butts too many heads in Chicago? Wait till you see what happens when she and her dog, Peppy, leave the big city for the wide-open spaces of Kansas. Read full book review >
FAST AND LOOSE by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Finally, a tale that answers that question of why Woods' bestselling thrillers are so unthrilling: because the characters you care about are never in danger for long enough to mix a proper martini. The unusual aptness of this installment's title is presumably unintended."
A survivor of TV pitchman Nelson Knott's ruinous presidential campaign (Below the Belt, 2017) declares war on New York attorney Stone Barrington, not realizing that in addition to being smart, tough, well-heeled, well-connected, and well-groomed, Stone is immortal. Read full book review >
WOLF HUNT by Ivailo Petrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A bulky, at times forbiddingly dour ground-level journey into Soviet-era deceits."
An epic study of one Bulgarian village's travails during World War II and under Communist rule. 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 >