Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE by Alexandra Kleeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Existential paralysis is a great subject for short fiction but a more difficult one for a novel."
Identity, abjection, and consumerism are the primary concerns of this debut novelist. Read full book review >
LOST CANYON by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like Deliverance, a tense and sometimes-violent morality tale formed in the crucible of physical duress."
Revoyr (Wingshooters, 2011, etc.) sends four Angelenos mired in First World angst to confront the wilds of California's Sierra Nevada range.Read full book review >

CANDY CORN MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"All this musing and fretting pushes the murder, when it finally arrives, into the back pages of Meier's 25th, and the solution is barely a footnote."
The Tinker's Cove Giant Pumpkin Fest turns into a giant pain in the squash for The Pennysaver's intrepid reporter Lucy Stone (Christmas Carol Murder, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THOREAU IN PHANTOM BOG by B.B. Oak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although the story could use some pruning, it provides plenty of vividly presented historical information on the Underground Railroad and Thoreau's world in the 1840s."
A philosopher, a physician, and a free-spirited woman work together to solve a mystery in the 19th century. Read full book review >
ALLY HUGHES HAS SEX SOMETIMES by Jules Moulin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Ultimately a romantic fantasy disguised by modern riffs, this novel is for those looking for a sexier 'Sleeping Beauty' set in the real world."
A single mother wrestles with her family responsibilities and her desire for romance in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LOST AND FOUND by Lucy Foley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Lush descriptions of time and place enhance a compelling love story."
London in the Roaring '20s, Paris during the German occupation, and a clifftop villa in 1980s Corsica serve as backdrops for a tragic love affair. Read full book review >
BEST BOY by Eli Gottlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"Gottlieb merits praise for both the endearing eloquence of Todd's voice and a deeply sympathetic parable that speaks to a time when rising autism rates and long-lived elders force many to weigh tough options."
After more than 40 years in an institution, an autistic man acts on his yearning to see his childhood home in this eloquent, sensitive rendering of a marginalized life. Read full book review >
When The River Rises by D.C. Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"Excellent as both an action piece and a crime drama."
From the writer and artist of Fallout (2015) comes a graphic novel inspired by true events at a Louisiana prison during Hurricane Katrina.Read full book review >
INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD by Julie Chibbaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A thought-provoking, beautiful exploration of the artistic process. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Aurora, raised in a rural commune, finds her notions of art challenged by her introduction to the New York City graffiti-art scene in the 1980s. Read full book review >
EILEEN by Ottessa Moshfegh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A shadowy and superbly told story of how inner turmoil morphs into outer chaos."
A woman recalls her mysterious escape from home in this taut, controlled noir about broken families and their proximity to violence. Read full book review >
LAST BUS TO WISDOM by Ivan Doig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A marvelous picaresque showing off the late Doig's ready empathy for all kinds of people and his perennial gift for spinning a great yarn. He will be missed."
Two long-distance bus trips give an 11-year-old new horizons and run a lively gamut through mid-20th-century American life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >