Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

THE OTHER ALCOTT by Elise  Hooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Hooper is especially good at depicting the complicated blend of devotion and jealousy so common among siblings. Some clumsy exposition aside, this is a lively, entertaining read."
A mix of history and imagination, this debut novel focuses on May Alcott, the model for Amy in Little Women and youngest sister of the book's widely chronicled author, Louisa May Alcott. Read full book review >
THE LAST TO SEE ME by M Dressler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A gorgeous mystery of love that twists into curses."
One hundred years after her death, Emma Rose Finnis still haunts Lambry House, nestled along the harsh coast of northern California. When the last of the Lambrys dies however, Emma must match wits with a ghost hunter who's come to cleanse the estate of her spirit. Read full book review >

DEAD WOMAN WALKING by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Less of a shock to the system than Daisy in Chains (2016) but still guaranteed to provide its share of chills."
The lone survivor of a balloon crash flees from a heartless killer bent on silencing her. Read full book review >
SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"As with the best and most meaningful American fiction these days, old truths are recast here in new realities rife with both peril and promise."
The terrible beauty of life along the nation's lower margins is summoned in this bold, bright, and sharp-eyed road novel. Read full book review >
UNDER A POLE STAR by Stef Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"For a novel about 'blackmail, lies, murder,' it's rather light on the intrigue and heavy on the petting."
A woman attempts to throw off Victorian convention as an explorer—and a lover. Read full book review >

GOOD ME BAD ME by Ali Land
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Sly, unsettling, and impossible to put down."
Land asks if we are doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers—or, in this case, mothers—in her assured, creepy debut. Read full book review >
A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"History buffs will enjoy the solid research and romance fans will find tragic fodder aplenty, but the story repeatedly abandons each heroine just as things get interesting, instead retreading old ground with new faces."
From 17th-century France to World War II London, Morgan's debut novel leads readers through five generations of witches. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S ROSARY by Seabury Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An editorial introduction suggests that these memorable doses of fustian are best enjoyed 'over an extended period of time,' say one story a week. That's excellent advice: binge-reading de Grandin's battles with diverse monsters can give you the sort of stomachache associated with too much fruitcake."
Hercule Poirot meets Fox Mulder in these 19 pulpy tales from 1929-30, the second of five volumes reprinting the complete adventures of occult sleuth Dr. Jules de Grandin. Read full book review >
KATALIN STREET by Magda Szabó
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A visceral, sweeping depiction of life in the shuddering wake of wartime."
Three families, whose lives are inextricably linked by the street they inhabit, grapple with love and morality amid political upheaval. Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN DREAMS by Michael Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although the science in these stories is dated, the thematic profundity and historical context make this anthology a thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining read."
The latest anthology of Victorian genre fiction from Sims (Arthur and Sherlock, 2017, etc.) focuses on historically significant science fiction and includes tales from Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Read full book review >
THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Denfeld's intentions are good, but her tone strikes the wrong notes."
A gifted investigator combs Oregon's snowy mountain forests for a missing girl. Read full book review >
FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This debut suffers from a few too many clichés but contains important truths about the effects of peer pressure and bullying."
A Facebook message dredges up painful secrets from a woman's past, one that she's spent decades suppressing. 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 >