Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

FREE FRIDAYS by Pat Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An unromantic yet hopeful look at the problems and possibilities presented by modern marriage that doesn't fully meet the challenge of its complex premise."
Set among a group of rich African-American Houstonians, Tucker's (Somebody Has to Pay, 2015) novel explores the impact of friends and family on a troubled marriage, for better and worse. Read full book review >
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"'It's hard to be an old Jew,' as one of the characters comments, and it's not so exciting to read about them, either. If this is the beginning of a tsunami of books about aging by baby-boomer authors, let's hope things pick up."
A close New York-based family copes with aging and death. Read full book review >

THE KAMINSKY CURE by Christopher New
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"The Tin Drum meets Life Is Beautiful in this tragicomic, one-of-a-kind novel."
If Dave Chapelle were a 10-year-old in Austria during World War II…. Read full book review >
AMONG STRANGE VICTIMS by Daniel Saldaña París
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Though a study of slothfulness and its discontents, a welcome book on which the author has clearly expended energy."
A pleasingly quirky U.S. debut from Saldaña París, a young Mexican writer who now lives in Canada. Read full book review >
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur."
Short-story virtuoso Saunders' (Tenth of December, 2013, etc.) first novel is an exhilarating change of pace. Read full book review >

THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date."
It was only a matter of time, and now it's happened at last: Sherlock Holmes gets called to jury duty. Read full book review >
TAG, YOU'RE DEAD by J. C. Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A veteran of several genres, Lane (aka Judy Clemens, Till the Cows Come Home, 2004, etc.) talks tough tech. Though the sci-fi aspects of the plot may not have enough detail for true junkies, she still takes readers on a fun ride."
In a technology-infused game of tag to the death, six teenagers must use every resource at their disposal to stay alive. Read full book review >
HOTTEST MESS by J. Kenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The taboo here, a brother-sister romance, isn't the most offensive part. It's the overly complicated plot and nearly nonsensical depiction of trauma and sexual violence."
Dallas and Jane are foster brother and sister, raised together since age 5. When they were teenagers, they were kidnapped and tortured together. If they started out being attracted to one another, the trauma bonded them further…much further. Read full book review >
MAX GATE by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The death of a literary giant liberates a marginalized member of his household into claiming her destiny in her own unique, dazzling words."
The final days of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, as related by his wry, perceptive housemaid. Read full book review >
SIRACUSA by Delia Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"As the clues pile up, the coming storm is expertly foreshadowed—but when it arrives, it's utterly surprising."
A sojourn in a Sicilian village sorely tests the relationships of two couples. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTNING TREE by Emily Woof
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"In precise, lyrical prose, Woof creates empathy for her characters' struggles and desires."
Lovers search for authenticity and self-knowledge. Read full book review >
THE LONG, HOT SUMMER by Kathleen MacMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Engaging and immersive, this novel welcomes readers into the fascinating, dysfunctional heart of the MacEntee family."
Multiple generations of an Irish family reluctantly come together to support each other through a summer of trials. 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 >