Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SUNBURN by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Plotty, page-turning pleasure plus instructions on how to make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich and how to stab a man in the heart."
A redheaded waitress, a good-looking private eye, insurance fraud, arson, rough sex, and a long hot summer: some like it noir. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF CRUD by Jonathan LaPoma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A slender, fast-paced, fever-dreamed excursion that, despite a lack of plot, becomes undeniably addictive."
A rollicking, entertaining adventure on the open road starring two ferocious youths fueled by booze, pot, and canned spaghetti. Read full book review >

DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"It's getting to be a bigger blues band on Mosley's stage, with Joe King Oliver now sitting in with Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. But as long as it sounds sweet and smoky, let the good times roll."
Mosley (Charcoal Joe, 2016, etc.) begins what looks to be a new series with a protagonist whose territory covers New York City's outer boroughs—and, yes, that means Staten Island, too. Read full book review >
SOME HELL by Patrick  Nathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A magnetic first novel combining wit, sex, and apocalyptic reverie."
A gripping account of the intricately woven mind of a teenager. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER by Charles Finch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A case with enough momentum to recharge this series and grab new readers with its pull."
The prequel to the career of astute Victorian private detective Charles Lenox. Read full book review >

STRAYING by Molly McCloskey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Elegant prose and nuanced self-awareness, reminiscent of early Edna O'Brien, enhance this intensely focused story of memory and self-imposed loss."
McCloskey burrows inside the ruminations of a middle-aged American woman returning to Ireland, where she lived as a young woman, to confront memories of her failed marriage. Read full book review >
ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD by Anjali Sachdeva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Beautiful, draining—and entirely unforgettable."
So rich they read like dreams—or, more often, nightmares—the nine stories in Sachdeva's otherworldly debut center upon the unforgiving forces that determine the shape of our lives, as glorious as they are brutal. Read full book review >
HOUR GLASS by Michelle Rene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Compassionate and insightful, authentic and poignant."
The infamous frontier woman Calamity Jane stumbles into the role of surrogate mother for two orphaned youngsters. Read full book review >
THIS FAR ISN'T FAR ENOUGH by Lynn Sloan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Stories that illustrate how life can look drastically different in retrospect."
Fourteen stories of revelations that come too late. Read full book review >
AGENT IN PLACE by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That's a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of pleasure for thriller fans."
Seventh in the high-powered Gray Man series (Gunmetal Gray, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
DREADFUL YOUNG LADIES AND OTHER STORIES by Kelly  Barnhill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Whether Barnhill's settings are contemporary, historical, or dystopian, she mixes the feeling of fairy tales with the psychological preoccupations of literary fiction; her longer stories tend to be her better ones, allowing her room to develop her characters from symbols to people."
Lyrical stories about love, sex, and death from Barnhill (The Girl Who Drank the Moon, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE RENDING AND THE NEST by Kaethe  Schwehn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Schwehn's narrator establishes her place among post-apocalyptic heroines through her willingness to remake the world from what she has left and her unlikely arrival at hope."
In this absorbing debut novel, 95 percent of the world's population has disappeared without explanation. Those who remain call this event the Rending and struggle to eke out an existence without knowing what has happened or why. 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 >