Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

YELED TOV by Daniel M. Jaffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2018

"An empathetic story of faith and desire."
Jaffe's (The Genealogy of Understanding, 2014, etc.) coming-of-age novel tells the story of a Jewish adolescent attempting to square his homosexuality with the teachings of his religion.Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO NEVER READ NOAM CHOMSKY by Jana Casale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"So much fun, so smart, and ultimately profound and beautiful."
The interior life of a millennial Everywoman as she matures over the decades. Read full book review >

SLIPPER by Hester Velmans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A satisfying blend of history and myth that breathes new life into 'Cinderella.'"
A loving re-creation of a well-known fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE BATTERED BADGE by Robert Goldsborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"As usual, the characters are forgettable, the mystery perfunctory, and the solution unremarkable. But Goldsborough works a nifty change on the climactic gathering of suspects for the big reveal that's worth the price of admission all on its own."
Nero Wolfe goes to work on behalf of the most unlikely person ever: Inspector Lionel T. Cramer, head of NYPD Homicide. Read full book review >
THE AMAZON DETECTIVE AGENCY by Patrick Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"An enjoyable diversion with a little something extra for political junkies and followers of the Supreme Court."
In this mystery, a Supreme Court justice suddenly dies days before the court is expected to rule on a Florida presidential election recount. Read full book review >

UNMASKED BY THE MARQUESS by Cat Sebastian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A funny and poignant romance amid a delightful cast of characters makes this a must-read for historical romance fans."
First in Sebastian's Regency Imposters series, historical romances that explore LGBTQ relationships. Read full book review >
MY GERMAN BROTHER by Chico Buarque
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A slight but poignant exploration of the past that lies tucked away between the pages of musty books, revealing that our parents had lives before we were born."
Wistful novel by Brazilian writer and singer/songwriter Buarque (Budapest, 2004, etc.), one with plenty of autobiography in its pages, of a son's quest for the brother he never knew. Read full book review >
HEAD ON by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Very clever, wonderfully satisfying fun."
The long-awaited second in a series (Lock In, 2014) that explores disability politics within the context of a near-future techno-thriller. Read full book review >
SONG OF ISABEL by Ida  Curtis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"An old-fashioned love story in an unusual historical milieu."
In this romance, a spirited young woman meets her match in a stalwart soldier during the turbulent times after the death of Charlemagne. Read full book review >
FOX by Dubravka Ugresic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny."
Another tricky treasure from an internationally renowned author. Read full book review >
BIG GUNS by Steve Israel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Israel recalls Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Buckley in their liberal bents and sense of the perniciously absurd. Will he be gunning for No. 45 in his No. 3?"
A former U.S. congressman takes on the gun industry and a big slab of American politics in this entertaining satire. Read full book review >
THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A delicious Southern California noir riddled with muddled identities and family secrets."
When Eliza Fontaine awakens in the hospital, her family tells her she's survived yet another attempt at suicide by drowning. The trouble is, Eliza knows she was pushed. But by whom? 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 >