Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

PRETEND I AM SOMEONE YOU LIKE by Shome  Dasgupta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2018

"Unsettling, endearing, and brilliant."
A dysfunctional Louisiana family spins out of control in this novel by Dasgupta (The Sea Singer, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
SWIFT by Betty Jean  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2018

"A novel that glosses over some aspects of Swift's life but adroitly portrays the world in which he made his mark."
Tucker (On a Darkling Plain, 2014) presents a work of historical fiction based on the life of the legendary Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift. Read full book review >

THE CHILLING SIMPLE by Zana Previti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2018

"Less a traditional novel than a series of interconnected character sketches, poet Previti's first novel is a lyrical contemplation of the circle of life and the immutability of human nature."
A damaged young orphan searches for answers in this grimly elegiac debut. Read full book review >
THE IMAGINATION WARRIORS  by Marc  Romanelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2018

"A curious, free-wheeling read for inquiring young minds."
In Romanelli's debut children's novel, a young New Mexican and a talking feline go on a spiritual adventure. Read full book review >
ZOEY'S ZANY LIFE by Mikayla  Lowery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2018

"This outspoken narrator should monologue her way into readers' hearts and teach them a few valuable lessons along the way."
What do you get when you combine a free-spirited young girl with a world full of rules? Hijinks—and lots of them. Read full book review >

LONGEVITY by Caleb Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2018

"A spiritual thriller that skillfully celebrates determination and self-discipline."
This YA fantasy debut sees a tormented teenager who loves reading drawn into a battle between heaven and hell. Read full book review >
EVOLUTION OF A YOUNG MAN IN LOVE by William  West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2018

"A potent tale of a man with intriguing powers and relatable misfortunes."
In West's debut supernatural drama, a man with extraordinary abilities fears a palm reader's prediction of doom. Read full book review >
THE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER by Andre Dubus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2018

"A welcome gathering in a worthy project to bring Dubus' work to a new generation of readers."
Third volume in the Godine series reissuing the short stories and novellas of Dubus (1936-1999). Read full book review >
THE KINGFISHER SECRET by Anonymous
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"John le Carré it's not, but even when truth is stranger than fiction, this bit of fiction is satisfyingly offbeat."
"Most men are gross, when you get right down to it." Indeed, as this suggestive thriller demonstrates. Read full book review >
DARLING GIRL by Terry H.  Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An affecting portrayal of an emotionally abandoned girl."
In this debut novel, a child grows up under the shadow of her family's dysfunction. Read full book review >
TREASON OF HAWKS  by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Fans will love this final chapter in Bowen's story, in which her hero fights harder than ever to make a place in the world for himself and the people he loves."
The absorbing conclusion to the adventures of the shape-shifting vigilante known as the Shadow. Read full book review >
RESIDUE by Michael McGarrity
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An unholy mess of more felonies than you can shake a stick at—and that's only counting the ones committed by the good guys. Whether or not McGarrity's veteran hero beats the rap, the New Mexico legal system will never be the same."
Retired Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney emerges from a long absence since his last outing (Dead or Alive, 2009) just in time to be wanted for murder. 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 >