Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE POLICEMAN'S DAUGHTER by Trudy Nan Boyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Even so, Boyce presents compelling evidence in support of the heroine's conclusion that 'there seemed no way to do right without collateral damage.'"
Though she's only notched two earlier appearances, Detective Sarah "Salt" Alt, of the Atlanta PD, gets a prequel that will be her ticket from the ranks of uniformed patrol to the homicide squad. Read full book review >
THE GOD GAME by Jeffrey Round
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Fans of Canadian mystery fiction will find an urban and urbane alternative to 'death by snowshoe.'"
An aide to an up-and-coming Queen's Park minister hires private investigator Dan Sharp (The Jade Butterfly, 2015, etc.) to find his missing husband. Read full book review >

GREEN SUN by Kent Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Read Anderson for great scenes and an appealingly contrary hero, and the absence of the traditional kinds of genre coherence, not to mention suspense, won't bother you a bit."
Hanson, Anderson's endlessly conflicted cop hero, leaves Portland (Night Dogs, 1996) for Oakland. It's a marriage made in hell. Read full book review >
DEAD CALM  by Annelise Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Overfilling her heroine's plate does little to improve the meal. Less is more might be a better recipe for fans of Ryan's forensic franchise."
A murder-suicide isn't what it seems. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK by Heather Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A badass bildungsroman."
The story of two siblings, estranged after an incident that throws their lives off the rails. Read full book review >

THE MEGAROTHKE by Robert Ashcroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A bloody, blistering novel of war and sacrifice set in a time of actual monsters."
An augmented soldier fights against apocalyptic nightmares in a brutal war to save humanity. Read full book review >
PROMISE by Minrose Gwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Despite some narrative missteps, Gwin's latest effort will inspire further exploration of an underexamined American tragedy."
After a natural disaster, two families must confront the awful event that links them. Read full book review >
A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"In the guise of a period piece, Carey's novel raises issues of culture and race that carry a thoroughly contemporary charge."
This picaresque comedy goes thematically deeper as it heads into the Outback. Read full book review >
THE SEA BEAST TAKES A LOVER by Michael Andreasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Energetic and engaging, these stories benefit from the sheer vigor of their telling but ultimately propose more than they produce."
A debut short story collection that treads the line between the speculative and the satirical with vivid prose, fatalist joie de vivre, and wild imaginative turns. Read full book review >
THE BAD DAUGHTER by Joy Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An author who knows her way around suburban angst."
In the aftermath of a horrific crime, an LA psychologist confronts her own family dysfunction. Read full book review >
SUMMER HOURS AT THE ROBBERS LIBRARY by Sue Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Still, the novel is suffused with a love of books and reading—each section starts with a line of poetry from a noted poet—and in the end, the library's endearing denizens prove to be very good company."
In the faded industrial town of Riverton, New Hampshire, the local library becomes a beacon for lost souls. Read full book review >
SILVER GIRL by Leslie Pietrzyk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A dark, intense novel on a hot subject: female friendship complicated by class and privilege. Very good."
A girl from a background of poverty and abuse becomes best friends at college with a wealthy classmate, from whom she hides everything about her life. 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 >