Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WEST by Carys Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A masterful first novel—the sort of book that warms even as it devastates, that forces serious reflection and yet charms."
In the early 19th century, a man quests into the American West and finds a world teetering between extinction and dreams. Read full book review >
A SCANDALOUS DEAL by Joanna Shupe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"More charmingly scandalous Gilded Age romance that will thrill any historical romance reader."
When a lady architect tries to construct the hotel of her dreams, she builds herself a love story as well. Read full book review >

THEORY OF BASTARDS by Audrey Schulman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Beguiling, irreverent, and full of heart."
In the midst of a powerful climate-change event, a brilliant young scientist pursues her radical study of evolutionary biology in this intriguing mix of speculative and ecological fiction. Read full book review >
THE BRIDE TAKES A GROOM by Lisa Berne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"An elegant, poignant, and joyful romance and a must-read for Regency fans."
When childhood friends—fortune hunter Hugo Penhallow and wealthy but oppressed heiress Katherine Brooke—decide to wed, neither can imagine what the future has in store for them or how marriage can save them. Read full book review >
THE BUILDING by Richard  Snodgrass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"An audacious, gripping, and wise novel.
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In Snodgrass' (Kitchen Things, 2013, etc.) novel, a complex construction project teeters on the brink of failure, pitting workers against each other. Read full book review >

The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF LOST FORTUNES  by Bryan Camp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"One hopes for more of Camp's dangerous visions to spring from a city that, as he writes, 'is a great place to find yourself, and a terrible place to get lost.'"
A phantasmagoric murder mystery that wails, chants, laments, and changes shape as audaciously as the mythical beings populating its narrative. Read full book review >
THE COMEDOWN by Rebekah Frumkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Frumkin has talent to burn, and this very good novel suggests the potential for a truly great one."
The death of a drug-addicted patriarch, and the stockpile of cash he's rumored to have left behind, has a broad impact across multiple families. Read full book review >
BIG GUNS by Steve Israel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Israel recalls Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Buckley in their liberal bents and sense of the perniciously absurd. Will he be gunning for No. 45 in his No. 3?"
A former U.S. congressman takes on the gun industry and a big slab of American politics in this entertaining satire. Read full book review >
FOX by Dubravka Ugresic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny."
Another tricky treasure from an internationally renowned author. Read full book review >
MOON BROW by Shahriar Mandanipour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A remarkable vision of the elusiveness of redemption and love."
The ne'er-do-well scion of a Tehran merchant family emerges from war determined to recover what he lost—an arm, a lover, and crucial memories—in this multilayered, hypnotic tale. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO NEVER READ NOAM CHOMSKY by Jana Casale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"So much fun, so smart, and ultimately profound and beautiful."
The interior life of a millennial Everywoman as she matures over the decades. 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 >