Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE UNORTHODOX DR. DRAPER AND OTHER STORIES by William Browning Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2017

"Spencer is a heck of a storyteller and has an undeniable way with words. A very readable collection of oddities from a pro, sure to please old fans and new readers alike."
Spencer (The Ocean and All Its Devices, 2005, etc.), best known for his Lovecraft-ian tales, offers an intriguing collection of nine stories and one poem. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF <i>SUBTERRANEAN</i> by William Schafer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2017

"Fans of every stripe of speculative fiction will want this on their shelves."
Vampires and wizards and aliens, oh my! A splendid gathering, from the late lamented magazine, of modern science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >

THE BEDLAM STACKS by Natasha Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Where Pulley's first novel sparkled with the ingenuity of spinning gears, her second offers a slower, sadder meditation on love, trust, and the passage of time."
Pulley's (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, 2015) second novel demonstrates that the imagination she showed in her impressive debut was no fluke. Read full book review >
CONTINENTAL CRIMES  by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The field is so rich, in fact, that veteran editor Edwards (Miraculous Mysteries, 2017, etc.) can't have had much trouble in plucking these plums and near-plums—a feast for the equally nostalgic."
Despite Colin Watson's witty averral that golden-age mystery writers restricted their crimes to the mythical village of Mayhem Parva, quite a few of them crossed the Channel, as this collection of 14 past voyages, originally published between 1898 and 1959, eloquently attests. Read full book review >
SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There are books about murder and there are books about imploding families; this is the rare novel that seamlessly weaves the two together, asking as many questions as it answers."
A fictional reimagining of real-life murders so infamous they earned its alleged perpetrator her own playground rhyme and ax-wielders everywhere a catchy chopping song, even if the killer's guilt was never firmly established. Read full book review >

BRAVE DEEDS by David Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A powerful story on its surface, a soldier's story laced with vulgarities and gallows humor, but also a story holding deeper interpretations of our troubled Middle Eastern misadventures."
Abrams (Fobbit, 2012) follows his award-winning debut with a more empathetic but no less bitter take on the Iraq War. Read full book review >
THE LAURAS by Sara Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Taylor gives her narrator a singular voice and dares the world to listen."
This story, told by the younger half of a runaway mother-and-child duo, provides an enigmatic narrator with an opportunity to challenge readers' assumptions about family, gender, and home. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE LIONS by Christopher Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A patchy but promising work that suggests a writer likely to prove much stronger with his sophomore effort."
A novelist returns to his former prep school to teach, stirring up old memories of a schoolmate who vanished and various present-day student and teacher troubles in this debut novel. Read full book review >
NEW PEOPLE by Danzy Senna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A great book about race and a great book all around."
Khalil and Maria, biracial Stanford graduates whose Martha's Vineyard wedding will be featured in the New York Times, hit a bump in the road when Maria develops a crush on another man. Read full book review >
THE ICE-CREAM MAKERS by Ernest van der Kwast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A delightful read; smooth as ice cream on a hot summer day."
Giovanni Talamini makes a decision to "break with the family tradition" by walking away from the ice cream business that his great-grandfather Giuseppe began. Read full book review >
THE COTTINGLEY SECRET by Hazel Gaynor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Gaynor (The Girl from the Savoy, 2016, etc.) creates a lovely meditation on the power of belief and hope."
A woman inherits a bookstore and discovers her family's connection to a famous set of photographs. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A clever and surprisingly action-packed attempt to merge abstruse theory and crime drama."
A famous semiotician has been killed. Call the police! And the post-structuralists! 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 >