Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A HERO DREAMS by Mark Ristau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"A sad but laudable story of a boy who endures more than he should have to bear."
In Ristau's coming-of-age debut novel, a young boy, distraught over his father's death, has trouble fitting in at summer camp, where he has unsettling visions and is comforted by a disembodied voice. Read full book review >
FORTITUDE SMASHED by Taylor Brooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"Handcuffed by fate, this cop-and-robber duo will steal hearts; a strong start to a promising series."
In the first book of the Camellia Clock Cycle series, Brooke (Legacy Strain, 2017, etc.) puts a fun twist on the proverbial biological clock with a surgical implant that counts down to the exact moment each person will fall in love. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE OF THE MOON by Brian Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"Infused with subtle, evocative details, each story beautifully, quietly beats on against time's current."
A single copy of The Great Gatsby begets another novel. Read full book review >
ACTING ON IMPULSE by Mia Sosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Spicy sexual chemistry and a generous dash of authentic Puerto Rican flavor blend together in a sharp romance that begs to be savored."
A popular Hollywood actor who's putting his body through drastic transformations to establish himself as a versatile performer finds himself enamored by a sassy fitness trainer, learning that there's more to life than a job. Read full book review >
THE KING OF LIGHTING FIXTURES by Daniel A. Olivas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Assured and perceptive, offering a view of another Southland from Chandler's and Didion's."
Vignettes of Latino life in Los Angeles, reminiscent of Michael Tolkin's The Player in its sardonic range. Read full book review >

A WHISPERED NAME by William Brodrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"The third of six mysteries in Brodrick's cycle (The Discourtesy of Death, 2017, etc.), this complex thriller, winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, explores some of life's biggest moral questions and puts a human face on the war to end all wars."
A sleuthing clergyman gets more than he bargained for when he delves into war records to clear the reputation of a fellow monk. Read full book review >
KEEP HER SAFE by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Hannah (Closed Casket, 2016, etc.) continues her quest to identify all the reassuring certitudes mystery novels take for granted and demonstrate how much fun it is to toss them overboard. There's no point in objecting to the coincidences and implausibilities required to launch this brilliant nightmare: resistance is futile."
Overwhelmed by complications arising from her unplanned third pregnancy, a Hertfordshire housewife flees her home for the comforts of an upscale Arizona resort and lands smack in the middle of a fictionalization of the JonBenét Ramsey case, which quickly swallows her up. Read full book review >
THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson DeMille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A good day's work from an old pro."
Old bones and old grudges in contemporary Havana. Read full book review >
WHISPERS OF WARNING  by Jessica  Estevao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Well-paced and appealingly quirky. The ideal entertainment for the reader's own restorative visit to the seaside."
Young spiritualist and suffragette Ruby Proulx (Whispers Beyond the Veil, 2016) investigates a second suspicious death at a resort hotel on the coast of Maine in 1898. Read full book review >
CITY OF SPIES by Sorayya Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Despite occasional heavy-handedness, Khan's third novel is a complex and moving examination of, among other things, American imperialism through the eyes of a young girl."
A young girl straddles two cultures in 1970s Pakistan. Read full book review >
RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY by Santiago  Gamboa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A complex, challenging story that speaks to the terror and dislocation of the age."
Or, love and loss in a time of ruin. Read full book review >
THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A humane, cleareyed attempt to explore the ripple effects of sexual crime."
"Imagine the person you love and trust becoming a different person overnight. What would you do?" After perpetual Teacher of the Year winner and local "man of distinction" George Woodbury is arrested on multiple charges of sexual misconduct with minors, his wife and children are forced to answer just that question. 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 >