Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE LIFE OF ELVES by Muriel Barbery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Although possibly too abstract for children and too fey for some adults, this fervent, idiosyncratic fable is undeniable evidence of a richly lyrical imagination."
The conjoined powers of two magical children bring about a new alliance to thwart evil and unite the natural world in this fantastical novel from a bestselling French writer. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES by Alex Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Fans of the John Wells series won't be disappointed. They'll agree with his enemies that if Wells isn't Superman, he's super something."
This adrenaline-filled thriller pits ex-CIA man John Wells against formidable foes. Read full book review >

FIND HER by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A gritty, complicated heroine like Flora Dane deserves a better plot than this needlessly complicated story."
A kidnapping survivor-turned-vigilante tries to save another young woman while the police do everything they can to save them both. Read full book review >
MAX BAER & THE STAR OF DAVID by Jay Neugeboren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An accomplished writer, Neugeboren draws a nice sketch of an ebullient, affectionate Baer, but overall he leaves too many questions unanswered."
As the real-life prizefighter Baer rises to become heavyweight champion and a national celebrity, he shares himself and his good fortune with a black couple who guard an awful secret. Read full book review >
CITY OF ROSE by Rob Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A novel in which a woman announces 'This is the most I've smoked since I found out I was pregnant' is one to warm the hard-bitten cockles of a noir fan's heart."
A strip-club bouncer sets out to find a dancer's missing child in the second novel featuring the detective Ash McKenna. Read full book review >

OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE by Mark Henshaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A remarkable and brainy work of metafiction."
An Australian writer heads to Germany, where he gets strong doses of philosophy, violence, taboo sex, and unreliable narration. Read full book review >
THE THEORETICAL FOOT by M.F.K. Fisher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A period piece and an interesting novelty, Fisher's novel has exquisite moments, but it's easy to see why she didn't consider herself a novelist."
From the great 20th-century food and travel writer, a lyrical roman à clef set among Americans in 1930s Switzerland. Read full book review >
SHUTTER MAN by Richard Montanari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Montanari researches his books well, but the almost clinical explanations of police procedure add little to the narrative and serve mostly as a vehicle to yank the reader out of the story."
The streets of Philadelphia swim with blood in the latest Byrne and Balzano adventure. Read full book review >
ARCADIA by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A head-scratcher but an ambitious pleasure. When puzzled, press on: Pears' yarn is worth the effort."
Arcadia: a kind of heaven on Earth. Arcade: a place where games are played. Somewhere between the two lies this odd confection by the restless, genre-hopping Pears (Stone's Fall, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
BLACK RABBIT HALL by Eve Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Compellingly readable and riddled with twists and turns worthy of Daphne du Maurier, Chase's tale will delight fans of romantic mysteries."
Thirty years apart, two women's secrets unfold within Black Rabbit Hall, a ramshackle ancestral home set in windswept Cornwall. Read full book review >
THE ARRANGEMENT by Ashley Warlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Warlick is not a bad writer, and this novel is an ambitious effort. In the end, though, it never makes us care about its star-crossed trio."
Blending fact and fiction, this historical novel covers nine eventful years in the life of legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher. Read full book review >
I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS by Michelle Gable
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fine tribute to a one-in-a-million character despite a few hard-to-swallow plot devices."
After becoming engaged to a Marine just before he ships off to the Middle East, Annie travels with her mother to England, where a mysterious crumbling estate and an aging aristocrat change her life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >