Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE OTHER NEW GIRL by L.B. Gschwandtner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A potent exploration of youth, innocence, and the abuse of authority."
A surprise encounter prompts a woman to recall her experiences at a parochial school in Gschwandtner's novel. Read full book review >
TANGLED UP IN TINSEL by Candis Terry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Hotter than hot cocoa and just as sweet, it's a good read for getting into the holiday spirit."
A Christmas wedding leads to a high-heat, food-filled romance in the third volume (Perfect for You, 2017, etc.) of the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series. Read full book review >

THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE by Mark Twain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A pensive and whimsical work that Twain would applaud. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
This recently discovered Twain fairy tale finds life as a picture book. Read full book review >
AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS by Kat Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty."
A dark tale of revenge and battle magic among New York City's secretive elite. Read full book review >
PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A rousing adventure novel that marries steampunk aesthetics to the seminal concept of protecting American liberty."
An aimless young man escapes his dead-end town when he meets a badass, time-traveling adventuress. Read full book review >

SAVAGE COUNTRY by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Another gorgeous, brutal masterpiece from a great American writer."
Hunting the last of the buffalo. Read full book review >
THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Moretti's tale of jealousy and obsession is nothing less than dark magic. Witchery indeed."
Crime fiction adores girls in trouble. Moretti's latest nail-biter (The Vanishing Year, 2016, etc.) is no exception, but it is exceptional. Read full book review >
THE BLIND by A.F.  Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A satisfying, darkly funny tale of redemption."
A woman in pieces must put herself back together before she loses everything she's worked for and everyone she cares about. Read full book review >
DEPTH OF LIES by E.C. Diskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A sometimes-glib mystery that's at its best when it explores what lies beneath the surface of suburbia."
A woman's search for answers after her friend is found dead in a bathtub uncovers secrets and lies in this novel. Read full book review >
FIVE-CARAT SOUL by James McBride
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"McBride emerges here as a master of what some might call 'wisdom fiction,' common to both The Twilight Zone and Bernard Malamud, offering instruction and moral edification to his readers without providing an Aesop-like moral."
A versatile, illustrious author brings out his first short-fiction buffet for sampling, and the results are provocatively varied in taste and texture; sometimes piquant, other times zesty. Read full book review >
A HIVE OF HOMICIDES  by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"More moth than bee, Lester's third floats all over the landscape before settling on a target. Interrogations, pie recipes, aphorisms, and disturbingly detailed accounts of bee copulation all vie for the reader's attention."
Trouble swarms around beekeeper Abigail Mackenzie (Murder of a Queen Bee, 2016, etc.) as she tries to discover who shot her faithful friend and her friend's faithless husband. Read full book review >
PURRING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Liz Mugavero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Series fans will appreciate the neighborhood feel in this return to Frog Ledge (Custom Baked Murder, 2016, etc.). Newly arrived readers may struggle to summon the concentration required by the enormous cast of characters Mugavero cycles through."
When Santa is suddenly struck down, residents of a small town try to figure out who among them has been bad or good. 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 >