Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE THRONE OF CAESAR by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"The 16th volume in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series (The Triumph of Caesar, 2008, etc.) uses the reader's foreknowledge of history to create a special kind of suspense. Its slow pace and abundant period detail tantalize, as Gordianus has multiple near misses with the truth."
Veteran Roman investigator Gordianus tries to ease the fears of an obsessed Julius Caesar by locating the cabal that may be plotting against him. Read full book review >
ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD by Anjali Sachdeva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Beautiful, draining—and entirely unforgettable."
So rich they read like dreams—or, more often, nightmares—the nine stories in Sachdeva's otherworldly debut center upon the unforgiving forces that determine the shape of our lives, as glorious as they are brutal. Read full book review >

CLAWS FOR CONCERN  by Miranda James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Charlie's even temper so completely sets the tone for James' cat cozy that the brutal truth, when it finally comes, is quite a surprise."
A mild-mannered mystery-solver and Maine coon cat owner roots around in his past in order to determine whether to condemn or exonerate a stranger come to town. Read full book review >
STRAYING by Molly McCloskey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Elegant prose and nuanced self-awareness, reminiscent of early Edna O'Brien, enhance this intensely focused story of memory and self-imposed loss."
McCloskey burrows inside the ruminations of a middle-aged American woman returning to Ireland, where she lived as a young woman, to confront memories of her failed marriage. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER by Charles Finch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A case with enough momentum to recharge this series and grab new readers with its pull."
The prequel to the career of astute Victorian private detective Charles Lenox. Read full book review >

SOME HELL by Patrick  Nathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A magnetic first novel combining wit, sex, and apocalyptic reverie."
A gripping account of the intricately woven mind of a teenager. Read full book review >
DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"It's getting to be a bigger blues band on Mosley's stage, with Joe King Oliver now sitting in with Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. But as long as it sounds sweet and smoky, let the good times roll."
Mosley (Charcoal Joe, 2016, etc.) begins what looks to be a new series with a protagonist whose territory covers New York City's outer boroughs—and, yes, that means Staten Island, too. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF CRUD by Jonathan LaPoma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A slender, fast-paced, fever-dreamed excursion that, despite a lack of plot, becomes undeniably addictive."
A rollicking, entertaining adventure on the open road starring two ferocious youths fueled by booze, pot, and canned spaghetti. Read full book review >
SUNBURN by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Plotty, page-turning pleasure plus instructions on how to make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich and how to stab a man in the heart."
A redheaded waitress, a good-looking private eye, insurance fraud, arson, rough sex, and a long hot summer: some like it noir. Read full book review >
THE BALLAD OF HUCK & MIGUEL by Tim DeRoche
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2018

"A smart, highly entertaining update on a classic story."
DeRoche reimagines Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in modern Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE LIAR'S GIRL by Catherine Ryan Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2018

"Although Howard (Distress Signals, 2017) meanders a bit through the streets and shops and pubs of Cork and Dublin, she picks up the pace when it most matters—and tosses a lovely curveball at the end, too."
An Irish expatriate steps back into a nightmare from her student days. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE ONE PERCENT by Saralyn  Richard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2018

"Richard's inclination to favor the one-percenters' perspectives may leave readers craving more of the wicked socialite skewing that's employed only intermittently in her adult mystery debut."
An Everyman detective is asked to solve a murder in a wealthy community in which ample motives and abundant resources make everyone a suspect. 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 >