Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

CATCH ME IF YUKON by Maddy Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2018

"Despite some stereotypically exaggerated characters who may be just like people you know, Hunter's mystery provides all the surprises to make this entry one of the best in her series."
A senior citizens' tour of Alaska has deadly consequences. Read full book review >
MILKMAN by Anna Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A deeply stirring, unforgettable novel that feels like a once-in-a-generation event."
In her third novel, which won the 2018 Man Booker Prize, Burns (Little Constructions, 2007, etc.) writes again about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, delivering a blistering feminist perspective on a community at war. Read full book review >

NORTH OF DAWN by Nuruddin Farah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"As one of the characters puts it, 'Art is a humanizer,' and Farah's insistence on isolating the humanity in even the most difficult characters is a beacon of hope against fear and loathing."
A Somali husband and wife living in Norway are pitched into chaos, acrimony, and upheaval after their son embraces radical Islam and dies as a suicide bomber. Read full book review >
THE UNDERDOG PARADE by Michael Mihaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Unclear in audience, theme, and even grammar, this misses the mark. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
A debut novel seeks to redefine YA. Read full book review >
MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND by Christina Lauren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A funny, sexy page-turner that warns: Keep your friends close and their avatars closer."
A criminology professor uses a fake dating profile to flirt with her best friend in Lauren's (Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, 2018, etc.) latest. Read full book review >

SUITCASE CHARLIE by John  Guzlowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This vivid re-creation of a time and place may not be enough to make Chicago your kind of town."
Chicago in 1956 is a tough town, but a boy's dismembered body found stuffed in a suitcase shocks even the toughest detectives in Guzlowski's (Little Schoolboys, 2017, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
AT THE END OF THE CENTURY by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Despite the old-fashioned milieu these stories move in, they are compelling in their elegance and for Jhabvala's poised, precise eye, which stays consistent and steady through the decades."
A career-spanning collection of stories about the collision of East and West. Read full book review >
KATZ OR CATS by Curt Leviant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Entertaining in places but unsatisfying overall."
A love story with a metafictional wrapper and more puns than Rapunzel had hairs on her head. Read full book review >
JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT by Catherine Ryan Hyde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A heartwarming meditation on the transformative power of kindness and women's friendship."
A woman on the run from her controlling, manipulative, and—yes, she's ready to admit it—physically abusive husband. A 14-year-old girl reeling from her mother's sudden death. Can they help each other find peace? Read full book review >
THE MANSION by Ezekiel Boone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A ghost story that could be described as the Overlook Hotel with Alexa onboard but is, thankfully, frightening in its own right."
A crestfallen engineer reluctantly agrees to rejoin his former partner to troubleshoot a glitch-y artificial intelligence. Read full book review >
FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Only 'The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks,' Toni L.P. Kelner's inventive, amusing story of a fatal poisoning at a Baker Street Con, hits the mark in every category. Fans will argue endlessly about which others are the real keepers."
Following their three earlier co-edited collections exploring farther and farther reaches of the universe of Sherlock Holmes pastiches (Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, 2016, etc.), King and Klinger have commissioned 14 new stories that make up their wildest, weirdest crop yet. Read full book review >
THE DAKOTA WINTERS by Tom Barbash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Pleasurably endearing for anybody with a soft spot for pop culture, Annie Hall-era Manhattan, and 20-somethingdom at its most freewheeling."
It's 1980, and a young man is reckoning with his famous father's breakdown with a little help from his New York City neighbor John Lennon. 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 >