Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE BALLAD OF HUCK & MIGUEL by Tim DeRoche
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2018

"A smart, highly entertaining update on a classic story."
DeRoche reimagines Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in modern Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO SWALLOWS FLIES by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"Unabashedly, a young hero from the margins shocks, then ultimately conquers the mainstream in this strangely compelling oddity."
A middle-grade novel tells the story of an outsider who searches for something that will make him special. Read full book review >

THE KREMLIN'S CANDIDATE by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Readers will finish the book, but their memories of Matthews' brilliant and fearless heroine will linger well past the final page."
The third and final installment of Matthews' (Palace of Treason, 2015, etc.) Red Sparrow series delivers a wallop on all fronts, from adrenaline-charged action to dark political intrigue to gripping emotional stakes. Read full book review >
GUNPOWDER MOON by David Pedreira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Memorable visuals and well-executed action sequences mark this exciting foray into near-future hard sci-fi, which is at its best when framing the poignancy of the desire for peace."
An ex-soldier tries to solve a murder that threatens to both plunge the Moon's mining colonies into war and destroy tentative international peace in Pedreira's debut novel, set in 2072. Read full book review >
DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME by Willy Vlautin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A powerful, haunting portrayal of lives rendered in unflinching, understated prose."
A spare, melancholic tale about a poor young man's burning desire to succeed as a boxer. Read full book review >

A GRAVE ISSUE by Lillian Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Bell's debut is a worthy addition to the 'home again' corner of the cozy world, with enough wit and moxie to warrant a return appearance."
A disgraced reporter who returns home to work at her family's funeral parlor runs into even more fatalities than the job provides. Read full book review >
HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Instead of sharing the hero's fears, fans of Westlake's Dortmunder series, which got started around the same time with The Hot Rock (1970), will appreciate the author's consummate blending of comedy and suspense, often within the same sentence, and rejoice that more Westlakes are slated for resurrection."
Westlake, nine years dead but still enjoying a very productive season (Forever and a Death, 2017), returns in a bright reprint from 1974 that shows him working the field in which he remains unrivaled: the comic caper in which Murphy's law reigns supreme. Read full book review >
MURDER IN BLOOMSBURY by D.M.  Quincy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A spirited and romantic mystery with a most surprising ending."
Who would want to poison the handsome footman? That's what adventurer and amateur sleuth Atlas Catesby tries to discover at the behest of the woman he loves, Lady Roslyn Lilliana Sterling, sister to the Duke of Somerville. Read full book review >
NO ONE CAN KNOW by Lucy Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A nicely balanced blend of medical knowledge, political trickery, and hints of the heroine's future."
A nurse's curiosity and strong sense of duty involve her in a high-profile murder case. Read full book review >
THE RADICALS by Ryan McIlvain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A welcome return that will leave readers looking forward to future work from McIlvain."
The author of Elders (2013) serves up another story of true belief and its discontents, this time set in the time of failing banks, rising inequality, and the Occupy movement. Read full book review >
OLYMPUS BOUND by Jordanna Max Brodsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A satisfyingly over-the-top finale."
The final installment of a trilogy that sees the goddess Artemis fighting for her life—and the lives of her fellow Greek gods—in the 21st century. Read full book review >
THIRTY-SEVEN by Peter Stenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A book that manages to break your heart, make you dizzy, and punch you in the gut all at once. You will be hard-pressed to find a novel as dark or intense in any bookstore."
The lone survivor of a cult tries to readjust to life as an average citizen, but when he meets a girl whose quest for honesty and happiness reminds him of his younger self, his future begins to look like his past. 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 >