Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE GURUGU PLEDGE by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2017

"An understated, somber, and highly observant sketchbook of lives on the margins."
A group of refugees in North Africa share their stories and bide their time, agonizingly close to freedom. Read full book review >
SCAR by Sara Mesa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2017

"A taut and disturbing tale of inspiration which poses questions about the darker material we draw on for art."
A study in loneliness, attention, and consequences: Sonia meets an admirer online and eventually can't escape his control. Read full book review >

A PERFECT DISHARMONY by Sébastien Brebel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2017

"Brebel writes well, and the stories are elegantly translated, but there's only one gear on his voiture, and his writing scarcely discloses a shred of humor."
The paradox embedded in the title captures the existential mood of these 13 stories, in which characters remain largely anonymous and situations full of angst. Read full book review >
AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A very promising start, both for a series and a new author."
This debut fantasy is set in the Risen Kingdoms, where countries float in the air and people take airships from place to place, princes battle for a throne, and dashing musketeers defend feisty princesses. Read full book review >
MURDER WEARS MITTENS by Sally Goldenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2017

"Although Goldenbaum's cozies are all plotted along very similar lines, this one keeps you guessing a bit longer than usual and features such caring sleuths you can't help but like them."
The Seaside Knitters go all out to solve another murder. Read full book review >

DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS by Courtney Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A spirited, timeless tale of teen self-discovery in those tense, formative high school moments, captured with grace, lyricism, and insight. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A gender-nonconforming 17-year-old and her crew explore desire in a small town. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES by Daren Wang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A vivid, compelling portrayal of the heartbreaking price exacted for freedom."
A fledgling abolitionist, Mary Willis turns her family's farm into a stop on the Underground Railroad, but the arrival of Joe Bell endangers everything she holds dear. Read full book review >
MONTANA HEAT by Jennifer Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"There's more action than romance in this thrill-a-minute roller coaster, but as always, Ryan (His Cowboy Heart, 2017, etc.) doesn't disappoint."
Can romance blossom in the aftermath of trauma? A movie star and an undercover agent try to find out in Ryan's new Montana Heat series. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DISQUIET by Fernando Pessoa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Cheerlessly brilliant and full of memorable observations ('Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily'): just the thing for the young goth in the family and a fine introduction to a writer deserving more attention."
Complete edition of a haunted autobiographical novel—or is it a fictionalized autobiography?—that has emerged as an existentialist classic in the 80-plus years since its author's death. Read full book review >
ALL THE DIRTY PARTS by Daniel Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A disarming cautionary tale that's just naughty enough to be kept from Handler's Lemony Snicket fans but real enough to spark genuine conversations about sex and its consequences."
A perpetually horny teenage boy learns the difference between a breakup and heartbreak. Read full book review >
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better."
A literary prodigy allows her husband to convince her to reverse their decision not to have children. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
A dark, still figure, wearing long black robes and a hood, appears on the charming village green of Three Pines, a small Québec town; though at first it seems scary but harmless, it turns out to be something much more sinister. 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 >