Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
AN EGYPTIAN NOVEL by Orly Castel-Bloom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"A modern-day epic seesaws uncomfortably between absurdity and banality."
A family saga ranges from contemporary Israel to Egypt to Inquisition-era Spain. Read full book review >

LIFE OF A BISHOP'S ASSISTANT by Viktor Shklovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Readers with a background in formalism and its successors will find this of interest, though Bulgakov, Sholokhov, and Pasternak remain the cornerstone writers of the era for nonspecialist readers."
Slender, allusive novel of clerical foibles by Russian/Soviet novelist Shklovsky (1893-1984). Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE PACT by Michelle Richmond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"The idea of this book is interesting, and it could have had Stepford Wives-type potential for social commentary. Unfortunately, it's weighed down by a weak, repetitive thriller plot."
Alice and Jake, newly married in San Francisco, make a big mistake in signing up with a secret international cult dedicated to making sure wedding vows do indeed last until death. Read full book review >
I AM THE BROTHER OF XX by Fleur Jaeggy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"In prismatic translation from the Italian, these tiny tales sparkle with wit and worldly wisdom."
Most of the 21 stories in this wide-ranging collection are only a few pages long, and they're jewels of intellect and compassion. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Aims for profound but settles for pleasant."
In a small Missouri town, a widower finds solace by reaching out to other troubled souls. Read full book review >
CAREERS FOR WOMEN by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Plenty of interesting material that this talented author should have developed more fully."
A Rona Jaffe-esque office drama mingles with an environmental morality tale à la Barbara Kingsolver in Scott's latest (De Potter's Grand Tour, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
GATHER THE DAUGHTERS by Jennie Melamed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Fearsome, vivid, and raw: Melamed's work describes a world of indoctrination and revolt."
A band of young girls grows to undermine the world they were born into. Read full book review >
THE GODDESSES by Swan Huntley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A haunting story of betrayal and forgiveness that packs an unexpectedly emotional punch."
Huntley's (We Could Be Beautiful, 2016) second domestic thriller turns its attention to an all-consuming friendship between two middle-aged women—one of whom may not be exactly who she seems. Read full book review >
THE PAINTED QUEEN by Elizabeth Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Hess (Pride vs. Prejudice, 2015, etc.) undoubtedly had a daunting task in completing the final manuscript of the late Egyptologist Peters (A River in the Sky, 2010, etc.). Fans will cherish the legacy; newcomers will be forgiven for fidgeting through the busy plot and arch humor."
The 19th installment of the adventures of an archaeological family facing a vendetta as they chase a real-life artifact. Read full book review >
THE LOST ONES by Sheena Kamal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gritty, violent read with a tough, idiosyncratic, dryly witty heroine readers will root for even if they wouldn't want to invite her home."
A Vancouver woman with demons to spare is asked to find a teen runaway in Kamal's searing debut. Read full book review >
THE DREAM KEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Emily  Colin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"An enticing premise, but the execution doesn't justify its length."
Mysterious disappearances, time travel, and a violent slave revolt take center stage in Colin's second novel (The Memory Thief, 2012), set in Charleston and Barbados. 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 >