Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark."
Within a police force, some members must be trained in the science, and art, of solving murders. But does this training create people highly capable of committing them? Read full book review >
A SCOT IN THE DARK by Sarah MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Highly recommended."
When a duke's forgotten ward embroils herself in a scandal, the duke decides to deal with her himself. That's easier said than done. Read full book review >

SCARRED by Michael Kenneth Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Smith knows the Civil War in his bones, and his novel will leave readers emotionally drained but grateful."
This lean Civil War sequel packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic. Read full book review >
ONLY THE HUNTED RUN by Neely Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Tucker raises the stakes and ramps up the darkness in this series and makes you wonder, and even worry a little about, what's coming next."
A mass slaughter in the Capitol building sets off this third tense and twitchy installment in the adventures of investigative reporter Sully Carter. Read full book review >
THE NIX by Nathan Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come."
Sparkling, sweeping debut novel that takes in a large swath of recent American history and pop culture and turns them on their sides. Read full book review >

NO MISTRESS OF MINE by Laura Lee Guhrke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A spellbinding, sizzling romance."
A Victorian-era cabaret dancer inherits part of a well-regarded London repertory theater, but the viscount whose family owns the other half of the business is her estranged former lover. Read full book review >
JERUSALEM by Alan Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2016

"Magisterial: an epic that outdoes Danielewski, Vollmann, Stephenson, and other worldbuilders in vision and depth."
Mind-meld James Michener, Charles Dickens, and Stephen King and you'll approach the territory the endlessly inventive Moore stakes out in his most magnum of magna opera. Read full book review >
GIRL MANS UP by M-E Girard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A strong genderqueer lesbian character, imperfect, independent, and deserving of every cheer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen faces down hostility, making her own decisions about loyalty, respect, and gender. Read full book review >
LUCY AND LINH by Alice Pung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A bracing, enthralling gut-punch and an essential read for teens, teachers, and parents alike. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen finds that attendance and acceptance at an elite school are wildly different experiences. Read full book review >
BECAUSE I'M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Another Virtue Falls winner."
Jacob Denisov has shut himself away in his Virtue Falls home, waiting for the day he finds the courage to kill himself, until his neighbor drives her car through his house, forcing him into the light and into solving the mystery of "Mad Maddie." Read full book review >
RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention."
Rejoice, fans of American madness who've sought fulfillment in political reportage. South Florida's master farceur (Skink—No Surrender, 2014, etc.) is back to reassure you that fiction is indeed stranger than truth. Read full book review >
The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An engaging and epic yarn that explores the history behind the magic of Camelot."
In the first volume of a saga chronicling the exploits of a knight of the Round Table, Sir Percival returns to Albion only to find that much has changed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >