Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE BIOGRAPHIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE by Nicole Dieker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A story that's studded with emotional insights despite its lack of narrative drive."
Dieker's debut novel charts the twists and turns of a family's life at the dawn of the digital age. Read full book review >
INSTRUMENTAL by Dave Chisholm
written and illustrated by Dave Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Strong illustrations and intriguing story elements in need of more harmony."
The new graphic novel from Chisholm tells the story of a frustrated musician's attempts to snatch fame and glory with the help of a mysterious trumpet. Read full book review >

AUGUSTOWN by Kei Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Despite the novel's relative brevity, Miller captures the ways community, faith, and class create a variety of cultural microclimates."
A boy's schoolroom punishment opens a window into the roiling, mystical history of a Jamaican community. Read full book review >
ENEMY OF THE GOOD by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A fine read with a heroine too honorable to shoot the dog."
Katarina Hollister is a second-generation U.S. foreign service officer who's been expelled from Cuba on her first tour and sent to Kyrgyzstan, her late mother's homeland. Read full book review >
RADIATE  by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"This conclusion lacks the propulsive power of Lightless, but it opens up into a compelling emotional tale about two people trying to save each other from a disaster of their own making."
A tense drama about a thief and a con man caught up in the end of a world; a conclusion to the trilogy that began with Lightless (2015) and Supernova (2016). Read full book review >

A GOOD COUNTRY by Laleh Khadivi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A brilliant novel about a young man's reckoning with a flawed and violent world."
An American-born son of Iranian immigrants becomes radicalized. Read full book review >
DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Falls short of Crichton's many blockbusters, but fun reading nonetheless, especially for those interested in the early days of American paleontology."
In 1876, professor Edward Cope takes a group of students to the unforgiving American West to hunt for dinosaur fossils, and they make a tremendous discovery. Read full book review >
LAST SEEN by J.L. Doucette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A missing person tale with a strong setting and cast of characters."
A girl is gone and psychologist Dr. Pepper Hunt, the last person to see her alive, joins the investigation in this mystery-franchise debut. Read full book review >
HOLD BACK THE STARS by Katie Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Readers who love doomed young lovers will find a pair of them here—but could find better examples of the genre elsewhere."
A suspenseful novel about a young couple fighting for survival in the world of the future. Read full book review >
THE MATRIMONIAL FLIRTATIONS OF EMMA KAULFIELD by Anna Fishbeyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A cacophonous but compelling new voice."
A Russian-Jewish immigrant has a tempestuous and life-altering fling with an American investment banker in Fishbeyn's debut. Read full book review >
ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"The human side of Hollywood is revealed in Stern's strong debut."
An undercover celebrity reporter discovers there are things more important than the latest exclusive. Read full book review >
PERISH THE DAY by John Farrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"'Truth is a bastard,' the motto of Farrow's sage sleuth, couldn't be more accurate this time. The revelations about the Dowbiggin community he ends up unearthing are as sordid as they are wildly implausible."
Canadian novelist Trevor Ferguson's sixth pseudonymous outing packs retired Montreal police detective Émile Cinq-Mars and his wife, Sandra, off to Holyoake, New Hampshire, where their plans to attend their niece Caroline's graduation and Sandra's dying mother are swiftly upstaged by a homicide spree. 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 >