Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

AMERICAN STATIC by Tom Pitts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"An absorbing and highly charged story of violent payback with considerable collateral damage."
Ex-cops, killers, and junkies collide in and around San Francisco in this thriller. Read full book review >
FALLING FOR TROUBLE by Sarah Title
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"A contemporary romance that'll win over any library lover."
Dewey meets dive bar. Read full book review >

LITTLE WRECKS by Meredith Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Darkly thought-provoking reflections on modern gender politics. (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Three teen girls come of age during the late 1970s, experiencing and reacting to a culture of threatening misogyny. Read full book review >
THE DESTROYERS by Christopher Bollen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"At once gritty, sandy, and silky—good reading for the beach or a yacht, too."
When a childhood game takes on grown-up dimensions, you just know that things aren't going to go well. So it is in this latest thriller of the 1 percent by Interview editor Bollen (Orient, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES by Siobhan Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Page-turning and rich in detail, this is a solid, insightful debut."
In her debut novel, Fallon (You Know When the Men Are Gone, 2011) takes the Army wives who were the subject of her previous short story collection and moves them overseas, where political unrest is fomenting in the wake of the Arab Spring. Read full book review >

THE GIRL OF THE LAKE by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Readable entertainments that have much to say about the world."
Elegant, assured short stories by Roorbach (Summers with Juliet, 2016, etc.), winner of an O. Henry Prize for a story gathered in an earlier collection. Read full book review >
QUIET UNTIL THE THAW by Alexandra Fuller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A tender, wry homage to Native American wisdom and lore."
A lyrical tale of life on the Rez. Read full book review >
RIVER UNDER THE ROAD by Scott Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Spencer's novel makes some trenchant observations about love and loss, about growing up and growing apart, but in the end, it can't quite get out of its own way."
The story of two couples, recounted across 14 years through the lens of a dozen parties. Read full book review >
SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A skillfully written family drama that employs quirk and magic with grace."
In a nimble and substantial novel, Gregory (Harrison Squared, 2015, etc.) delves into the lives of the members of the eccentric and psychically gifted Telemachus family. Read full book review >
PERSONS UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A second adventure that strikes all the right notes—layered mystery, incisive cultural context, and a delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives."
Steiner's (Missing, Presumed, 2016, etc.) intrepid, dysfunctional detective, Manon Bradshaw, returns on a case that quickly becomes personal. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH MONKEY by J.D. Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Wipe away all the blood and you're left with a dull, unsurprising serial killer tale."
The death of an elusive serial killer, who may have snatched one last victim before he died, sends Chicago cops on a mad dash to uncover his identity and unravel his bizarre crimes. Read full book review >
THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"This is as much a why-dunit as a whodunit, with the real question being whether it's possible to heal and live with the truth after hiding behind a lie for so long."
Three women's lives become entwined when a newborn's skeleton is discovered beneath a bulldozed London building site, exposing secrets buried as deep as the fragile bones. 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 >