Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

REMIND ME AGAIN WHAT HAPPENED by Joanna Luloff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A novel of sonorous character study, showing both the limits and allure of truly knowing another person—and oneself."
A woman's amnesia strains her relationships with her husband and her best friend. Read full book review >
ALL THAT IS LEFT IS ALL THAT MATTERS by Mark Slouka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"These are subtle, meditative, well-crafted stories, death-backed but life-affirming."
The latest collection from Slouka (Brewster, 2013, etc.), whose work has won an O. Henry Prize and appeared in Best American Short Stories, features 15 crisp, poignant, mostly downbeat tales. Read full book review >

THE POSSIBLE WORLD by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A bittersweet story full of imagination and nostalgia, loss and redemption."
A young boy loses his mother to a violent crime and struggles with his own identity in the aftermath of tragedy. Read full book review >
GATE CRASHERS by Patrick S. Tomlinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A well-drawn ensemble cast of scientists, soldiers, and aliens enriches this quirky first-contact tale, but that same quirkiness steals some of its impact."
Humanity makes first contact with aliens—but humanity being what is, it doesn't go smoothly. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF THE FOX by Jordy Rosenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A singular, daring, and thrilling novel: political, sexy, and cunning as a fox."
In this inventive debut, Rosenberg transforms the legend of Jack Sheppard, infamous 18th-century London thief, into an epic queer love story. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A lengthy but affecting tale of late sisterhood."
Two elderly Indian women—one poor, the other poorer still—move beyond mutual suspicion to forge a bond, start a business, and, even this late in life, absorb change. Read full book review >
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice that matches the power of belief with man's potential for unbridled violence."
A striking work of psychological horror and unblinking terror from bloody fantasist Tremblay (Disappearance at Devil's Rock, 2016, etc.) Read full book review >
A LADY'S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER  by Dianne  Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"Despite its heroine's many problems, this lighthearted debut tale of mystery, love, and a delightful sleuth will leave you wanting more—which is presumably just what Freeman has in mind."
A Victorian lady's sense of self-worth is much improved when she takes control of her life. Read full book review >
THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF THE TRAITOR GEORGE WASHINGTON by Charles  Rosenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A well-told if rather straightforward tale that's sure to please lovers of American history."
This novel about the American Revolution imagines—well, the spoiler might be in the title. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER LIST by Amy Mason Doan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A poignant tale of mothers and daughters finding their ways home to each other."
Seventeen years ago, Laura Christie suddenly fled her home on the lake of beautiful Coeur-de-Lune. But she cannot resist an invitation back to see her estranged best friend. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH MATCHES by Hannah Orenstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A fun, fast read about dating in the city."
A young woman gets a job with an exclusive matchmaking service in Orenstein's debut. Read full book review >
BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A tale about surmounting life's most difficult moments and finding hope when one least expects it."
A young woman loses her daughter in a car accident and struggles to build a new life for herself in the aftermath of tragedy. 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 >