Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Couple Who Fell To Earth by Michelle Bitting
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"With this poetry collection, the author firmly establishes herself as a powerful contemporary voice in American letters."
In her third book-length collection, Bitting (Notes to the Beloved, 2012, etc.) converses with fellow poets, both classic and contemporary.Read full book review >
TEA WITH JAM AND DREAD by Tamar Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sarcasm and wacky humor overwhelm the underwhelming mystery in Magdalena's ninth (The Death of Pie, 2014, etc.)."
Downton Abbey meets the Penn Dutch Inn. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT WANDERER by Alys Clare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Once more, Clare (Blood of the South, 2015, etc.) deftly combines a vexing mystery with paranormal activity and earthly romance."
Cambridge is terrified by a series of inexplicable killings in 1094. Read full book review >
DON'T BELIEVE A WORD by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"MacDonald (I See You, 2014, etc.) presents a story of love gone wrong that avoids black and white, letting the reader appreciate its many shades of gray."
A book editor is forced to work with the author who ruined her life. Read full book review >
A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS by Christine Goff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Although her stories are billed as bird-watchers' mysteries, Goff's writing is accessible, and her plot—cozy and predictable yet enjoyable—may well appeal to a wider audience."
A special agent focused on protecting nature looks for clues there when a local detective won't share any information that might help her solve the murder of a woman found in her park. Read full book review >

SAYONARA SLAM by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Written with heart, depth, and pace, Hirahara's sixth case (Strawberry Yellow, 2013, etc.) is hard to put down."
LA's most unassuming and underestimated amateur sleuth investigates a sportswriter's death. Read full book review >
Justice by Scott Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"A swift, economical, and powerful story that conveys a range of interpersonal perspectives on marriage."
Hughes (Achieve Your Dreams, 2015, etc.) lucidly explores relationships via the tribulations of an embattled married couple in this novel. Read full book review >
ONE MAN'S WAR by P.M. Kippert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Through its attention to detail and its deliberate perspective, Kippert's first novel delivers a precise, tense, and moving story."
In this episodic novel of World War II, a young American soldier stationed in Italy fights in the Battle of Anzio and observes a host of quiet horrors along the way. Read full book review >
AMERICAN FALLOUT by Brandon Wicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Wicks' stylistic reach sometimes exceeds his grasp, but overall this is a promising first novel about family, domesticity, and the ties that bind, whether we want them to or not."
In this alternately prolix and poignant debut, a young gay man, long estranged from his parents, heads south to retrieve his ailing mother after the suicide of his father. Read full book review >
BYSTANDERS by Tara Laskowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Some of these stories are thin and ineffective, but those that work dig deeply into our innermost, darkest fears."
A collection of stories about the way people are affected by the sometimes-unsettling and even violent things that happen to them or others. Read full book review >
OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Though at times unevenly paced, Franks' debut is a thoughtful exploration of one woman's quest to live life on her own terms."
In the mountains of North Carolina, a dour preacher begins to suspect his wife is a witch after she befriends a well-meaning agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read full book review >
Forsaken Oath by V.S. Kemanis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2016

"A clever, immersive installment in an ongoing series about a determined prosecutor."
Kemanis (Thursday's List, 2015, etc.) offers a new legal thriller centered on hardworking attorney Dana Hargrove. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >