Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LUNCH WITH THE DO NOTHINGS AT THE TAMMY DINETTE by Killian B.  Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"Readers will be unexpectedly charmed by the quirky characters and clever dialogue in this heartwarming book."
Marcus Sumpter doesn't expect to find love or family in the tiny town of Marathon, Georgia, with a group of old Southern women known as the Do Nothings. But sometimes life delivers everything you've ever needed at just the right time. Read full book review >
THE RIPPER'S SHADOW by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Rowland, author of the long-running Sano Ichiro mystery series (The Iris Fan, 2014, etc.), has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps suspense high."
An intrepid female photographer tracks the serial killer of the (19th) century. Read full book review >

THIRTEEN SHELLS by Nadia Bozak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A coming-of-age tale that resists the usual clichés to focus on the telling details that reveal the essence of a life."
Bozak's quiet, observant novel in stories touches down once a year into the life of young Shell, who grows up in the 1970s and '80s in a small town outside Toronto. Read full book review >
FALSE FRIEND by Andrew Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A quick, enjoyable entry in the series."
An incendiary thriller featuring the return of Birmingham, Alabama, detective Cooper Devereaux (False Positive, 2015). Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT COOL by Lydia Peelle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Peelle isn't subtle with these message moments, but she's a natural storyteller with a fine sense of town life and characters and of a time when maybe irony couldn't tarnish words like 'duty.'"
In this colorful down-home drama, two young drifters stop for a time in Tennessee of a century ago, where they trade in mules and learn of local secrets amid the small-town ferment of the U.S. entering World War I. Read full book review >

FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In a literary thriller of the highest order, Schweblin teases out the underlying anxieties of being vulnerable and loving vulnerable creatures and of being an inhabitant of a planet with an increasingly uncertain future."
A taut, exquisite page-turner vibrating with existential distress and cumulative dread. Read full book review >
THE CROSSING by Andrew Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In pristine, elegant prose, Miller creates an indelible portrait of a mysterious woman and her tragic quest."
The fantastic voyage of a haunted woman. Read full book review >
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The wilderness adventure part of this book is excellent; the heart-of-darkness horror movie in the third act less so. Still, you won't put it down."
A gal-pal vacation goes over the falls and into hell. Read full book review >
SAVAGE THEORIES by Pola Oloixarac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While there are echoes of Borges and Bolaño here, the synthesis of ideas and the manic intelligence are wholly new. Brilliant, original, and very fun to read."
Set in Buenos Aires, Oloixarac's debut novel ranges widely, from initiation rites to computer hacking, from human prehistory to ketamine-fueled parties. Read full book review >
HERITAGE OF SMOKE by Josip Novakovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These often haunting stories of violence, faith, and disconnection make for a memorable voyage into a number of unsettled minds."
A host of characters grapple with the legacy of war, religious obsessions, surreal instances of violence, and an enduring guilt in this collection by a writer who was born in Yugoslavia and now lives in Canada. Read full book review >
CLASS by Lucinda Rosenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Comin' at you 'with a copy of Karl Marx's Capital in one hand and a raisin bagel in the other.' Right on, Rosenfeld."
This take-no-prisoners satire puts politically correct urbanites in their place for real. Read full book review >
HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A solid and quick-paced thriller—but one that seems to feature a pop-up psychopath behind every door and under every bed."
Swanson's third thriller, after The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014) and The Kind Worth Killing (2015), nods both to the Leopold & Loeb case and to Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, offering twists and intensity aplenty. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >