Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don't already."
Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, 2014, etc.) offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. Read full book review >
A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie's enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable."
Alexsi, the protagonist of Christie's latest novel, is a wily 16-year-old hustler and thief in 1930s Russia. After he is arrested, turned into a spy, and forced to become a Soviet double agent in Nazi Germany, his gift for self-preservation is tested to the max. Read full book review >

THE TEETH OF THE COMB & OTHER STORIES by Osama Alomar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Swamps and streams, lightning and dogs all play a part in these beguiling, suggestive fables. The stories are of perfect length, but one wishes the book went on for much longer."
Elegant, often elegiac sketches by Syrian-born writer Alomar, now a resident of Chicago. Read full book review >
WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Catch them all. Don't start here."
Fifth and final chapter (In the Labyrinth of Drakes, 2016, etc.) of the memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, dragon naturalist extraordinaire. Read full book review >
STARTUP by Doree Shafrir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"To call it expertly observed is an understatement."
Veteran journalist Shafrir, currently of BuzzFeed News, sharply skewers tech culture in a feminist satire that's as addictive as it is biting. Read full book review >

THE GRAY HOUSE by Mariam Petrosyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"An impressive—and impressively massive—feat of imagination and translation. (Magical realism. 14-adult)"
Petrosyan's award-winning debut novel, translated from Russian, is a vividly imagined tale of epic proportions. Read full book review >
THE DUKE'S CHILDREN by Anthony  Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2017

"A thoroughly satisfying classic for those who love long, slow Victorian family dramas."
The Duke of Omnium's eponymous children test his mettle by falling in with crooked gamblers, losing their hearts to commoners, and backing the wrong party in this newly unabridged version of a classic by one of the great novelists of Victorian England. Read full book review >
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction."
"Once upon a time there was a piece of biotech that grew and grew until it had its own apartment": an odd, atmospheric, and decidedly dark fable for our time. Read full book review >
MISS BURMA by Charmaine Craig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Mesmerizing and haunting."
A couple's love for each other and their children is tested through World War II and then through Burma's long civil war. Read full book review >
PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A top-notch crime novel that avoids easy resolutions and is all the better for its unanswered questions."
The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale. Read full book review >
SALT HOUSES by Hala Alyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A deeply moving look inside the Palestinian diaspora."
"Nostalgia is an affliction" a character states in Palestinian-American poet Alyan's impressive first novel, which tracks the dispersal of four generations of a Palestinian family. Read full book review >
TRAJECTORY by Richard Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"'Some writers have less fuel in the tank than others,' one of his characters laments, but Russo himself is chugging along just fine."
Four brief but potent and surprising tales of midlife crises from the ever dependable Russo (Everybody's Fool, 2016, etc.). 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 >