Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

CHASING THE KING OF HEARTS by Hanna Krall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2017

"A quirky but exceptional story of infinite love and life-sustaining commitment."
Polish writer Krall transmutes the real experience of a Holocaust survivor into an emotionally bleached yet devastating account of where love can take us. Read full book review >
ROGUE MAGIC by Kit Brisby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"A powerful, thought-provoking, and spellbinding debut; timely, too."
In a world where magic exists but has been brutally suppressed, the heir to the company which made the violent system possible begins to question everything when he's saved by, then falls in love with, a mage. Read full book review >

THE ANIMATORS by Kayla Rae Whitaker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Empathetic but never sentimental; a book that creeps up on you and then swallows you whole."
Unexpected and nuanced and pulsing with life, Whitaker's debut cuts straight to the heart of the creative process. Read full book review >
NUMBER 11 by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This powerful and enthralling novel takes the measure of a society feeding on its members as little contemporary fiction has."
The political and cultural state of contemporary Britain is dissected in this multistrand novel. Read full book review >
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact."
Four versions of an ordinary life. Read full book review >

SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN by Eloisa James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Another bright, delightful read from a queen of historical romance."
When Eugenia Snowe, owner of the most renowned governess agency in England, meets Ward Reeve, a rich inventor and bastard son of an earl, he turns her life upside down. Read full book review >
BREATHLESS by Beverly Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A thrilling and enjoyable read."
In the Old West, a contented spinster rethinks her future plans when a handsome brown-skinned cowboy rides into town. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER by Alex Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Deeply researched, fast-paced, and believable. Peace be upon John Wells, but only after he's helped defeat jihad once and for all. That's sure to extend this fine series."
Another "blood-spatter messy" mission by Muslim CIA freelance operator John Wells (The Wolves, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth."
An absorbing saga of 20th-century Korean experience, seen through the fate of four generations. Read full book review >
THE FREEDOM BROKER by K.J. Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A spectacular start for what promises be a great Thea Paris series."
A fast-moving thriller featuring kidnapped oil tycoon Christos Paris and his kidnap-negotiator daughter, Thea. She's tough. She's smart. She's diabetic. Read full book review >
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Brown enchants and haunts by making the reader question every voice, every truth."
A young woman who sees ghosts leaves home only to lose herself to love. Read full book review >
DESPERATION ROAD by Michael Farris Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Smith writes shapely prose and sharp dialogue and everywhere displays an acute sense of the moments and pain that can define lives in a small town."
Two hard-luck cases collide in this smooth-flowing novel of the Deep South, where a Mississippi town harbors a long-brewing hunger for vengeance and a slim chance of redemption. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >