Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE DOG WHO SAVED ME by Susan Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Not the best of Wilson's canine stories."
Wilson (A Man of His Own, 2013, etc.) again goes to the dogs to explore fractured lives, this time adding crime to the mix. Read full book review >
NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Hallie Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A page-turner with juicy Hollywood insider details."
A 1963 celebrity murder has a violent aftermath as its secrets bubble to the surface decades later. Read full book review >

THE TAPESTRY by Nancy Bilyeau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Illuminated by Bilyeau's vivid prose, minor players of Tudor England emerge from the shadows."
The adventures of Tudor-era ex-nun Joanna Stafford continue as she battles a lethal conspiracy. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH HEART by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"It's a lot of fun, too, once disbelief has been suspended and tongue tucked firmly into cheek."
"They were the footprints of a gigantic dove!" Sherlock Holmes meets the Brahmins in this lively, imaginative mashup, done in trademark Simmons (The Abominable, 2013, etc.) fashion.Read full book review >
THE LOST BOYS SYMPHONY by Mark Andrew Ferguson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"An auspicious debut that blends a number of disparate-seeming tones into something surprisingly coherent—and moving."
Ferguson's playful debut novel mixes a coming-of-age story with time travel. Read full book review >

NOTES FROM A DEAD HOUSE by Fyodor Dostoevsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A classic made current and a welcome addition to the library of Russian literature in translation."
One of literature's definitive prison memoirs is given new immediacy in this sturdy translation by the team of Pevear and Volokhonsky (Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, 2007, etc.).Read full book review >
SOMEONE IS WATCHING by Joy Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Still, the mystery is not the point in Fielding's work: A page-turning ride with a likable protagonist is, and here, she succeeds admirably."
A detective searches for her rapist in Fielding's latest thriller. Read full book review >
THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"The award-winning Almond poetically plumbs the depths of his 1950s and '60s childhood to explore themes of violence, war, God, creativity, beauty, death, art, the soul, our animal selves, whether we ever grow up or can really know each other…in short, life. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Dominic Hall is "a caulker's son, a tank cleaner's grandson" in the river town of Tyneside in northern England…but the boy dreams of writing. Read full book review >
THE PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Despite intellectual pretentions, including lots of references to Middlemarch, de los Santos (Falling Together, 2011, etc.) offers a comfort-food story in which men are either predators or perfect and women are both beautiful and brilliant."
Half sisters who don't really know each other are brought together by their emotionally domineering father for reasons of his own. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS by Christian Kiefer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Devastatingly beautiful. This novel embodies why we write and why we read."
In Kiefer's (The Infinite Tides, 2012) dark, lyrical novel, a man learns that no matter how hard he may try to atone for his sins, he can't outrun his violent past or his most painful mistakes.Read full book review >
NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS by Kirstin Valdez Quade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Quade is a writer to watch."
Debut collection of stories set in New Mexico from an award-winning writer. Read full book review >
YOKOHAMA CALIFORNIA by Toshio Mori
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2015

"Like Sherwood Anderson's, many of Mori's stories don't have a beginning, middle and end; they're nostalgic vignettes of a life that has now passed away."
Originally published in 1949, these 22 stories present subtle glimpses into the lives of Japanese-Americans in their neighborhood in Oakland, California, aka "Yokohama." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >