Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

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 >
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 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 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 >
THE RECONSTRUCTION by Rein Raud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"A disturbing and heartbreaking novel that deserves a wide audience."
A subtle, heart-rending Estonian novel about a father in the last few months of his life trying to reconstruct the circumstances of his daughter's suicide. Read full book review >
NO HARM DONE by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"McGarry at her best pushes the envelope just past realism in a way that can be comic, creepy, and poignant, putting her in the school of Lorrie Moore and George Saunders."
Short stories dominated by postwar Irish-American families and marked by an entertainingly strange sensibility. Read full book review >
MAD COUNTRY by Samrat Upadhyay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brilliant but accessible gems of short fiction."
Seven stories and a novella by a Nepali author who explores universal themes of envy, racism, political power, and disappointment in love with subtle and persuasive power. Read full book review >
A GRACE PALEY READER by Grace Paley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Think of the pieces here as a series of scale models that together encapsulate Paley's generous sensibility."
Has there ever been an author like Paley? Read full book review >
ALL THE BELOVED GHOSTS by Alison MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A uniquely cohesive collection of short examinations of aging, death, and living, these stories are subtly moving and thoroughly engaging."
MacLeod, who was born in Montreal and lives in Britain, merges fact and fiction in her new collection of short stories, her first book to be published in the U.S. since her debut novel, The Changeling (1996). Read full book review >
THE THING ABOUT LOVE by Julie James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"James' star shines even brighter with this smart, sparkling winner."
Two FBI agents who had a rocky relationship at the FBI Academy are paired in an undercover operation, forcing them to re-evaluate their first impressions, work as a team, and maybe find true love. 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 >