Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
THE HEIRS by Susan Rieger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Just in time for poolside reading, this elegant novel wears its intelligence lightly."
After her husband's death, a Manhattan blue blood and mother of five receives a letter. Could her husband have had a secret second family? Read full book review >
INVESTIGATIONS OF A DOG by Franz Kafka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Beguiling, quirky stories perfectly in keeping with the rest of Kafka's work; often troubling but sometimes delightful."
A freshly translated collection of posthumously published work by the great master of existential angst and insectoidal transformation. Read full book review >
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A novel equal to its larger-than-life protagonist."
Captivating historical fiction from the award-winning author of Threats (2012) and Museum of the Weird (2010). Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PERSISTENCE OF LOVE by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Fans of the series may appreciate the continuing tales of beloved characters, thick with references to previous adventures and tragedies, but newcomers will be left out in the cold."
Archdeacon Sidney Chambers (Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation, 2016, etc.) is torn between his vocations as detective and as Anglican priest in six interlinked stories set amid the discontent of 1970s Britain. Read full book review >
BLACK MAD WHEEL by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Dark, brooding, and slightly unhinged, Malerman's unusually compelling second novel is certifiably unlike any you'll read this year."
In 1957, faded Detroit rockers the Danes were hired by the U.S. government to investigate a malevolent sound emanating from Africa's Namib Desert. Having had every bone in his body shattered by the sound, or something, Danes leader Philip Tonka lies in an Iowa hospital making a rapid recovery—too rapid, thinks his devoted nurse. 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 >