Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN by Julián  López
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"It's been said that memory is a poet—if so, this novel represents some of its most gorgeous and incandescent work."
The son of one of Argentina's thousands of dissidents who vanished and were presumed murdered during the so-called Dirty War uses his fertile memory to bring his lost mother back to life. Read full book review >
THE SAVAGE by Frank Bill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"No lack of excitement in this well-told tale, but it's holy-crap grim. May the author's ugly, brutish world remain forever fiction."
The nasty, violent world of Donnybrook (2013) returns with a vengeance, and it's spread across the country. Read full book review >

THE PARIS SECRET by Karen Swan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Behind the locked door are shocking secrets, an unlikely romance, and nail-biting intrigue—it's definitely worth a peek."
Long-lost paintings are not the only secrets a fine-art agent uncovers when she catalogs the contents of a Paris apartment that's been shuttered for 73 years. Read full book review >
ICE by Anna Kavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction."
This 50th-anniversary edition of a novel about a surreal pursuit through an apocalyptic world should bring new attention to Kavan (1901-1968; Who Are You, 1963, etc.), a writer of intense imagination. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT LANGUAGE by David Rocklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A moving and inspiring novel that shows what happens when those in power listen to foreign visitors."
A historical novel wedged tightly at the center of a grave political uproar and an unlikely relationship. Read full book review >

COLD BLOOD by Michael Lister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Lister (Blood Work, 2017, etc.) packs this fast-paced thriller with plenty of social commentary and tops it off with a lollapalooza of an ending."
A Florida expert at clearing cold cases meets his match. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF FORMATION by Ross Simonini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A debut reminiscent of modern art—often unsettling, not always easy or beautiful, but rewarding to the reader willing to grapple with its questions."
A singular novel told largely through interviews between an introspective journalist and the leaders of a New Age therapy said to transfigure its subjects' personalities. Read full book review >
STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST by Jessica Keener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Expect readers of this unpleasant hate poem to Budapest to cancel any plans they've made to travel there."
Budapest in 1995 is supposedly on the brink of post-communist economic revival, but the American expats who inhabit Keener's second novel (Night Swim, 2013) can neither adjust to the city's deep-seated complexity nor escape the problems they hoped to leave back home. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A difficult case that evokes old-time Christmas traditions and a solution that will warm the heart."
Depression can't keep an intrepid sleuth from solving crimes. Read full book review >
TURN ON THE HEAT by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"The only disappointment is that the appropriately lurid cover illustration doesn't come close to representing any of the many felonies that actually go down. If they're looking to please fans, Hard Case could do worse than continue the series till they've reprinted every one of the firm's 29 adventures."
A year after premiering Gardner's long-unpublished second case—under the pseudonym A.A. Fair (The Knife Slipped, 2016)—for private investigator Bertha Cool and her operative, Donald Lam, Hard Case reprints the second case for the team that actually made it into print back in 1940—and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK by Jennifer Kincheloe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"The feisty heroine's sleuthing abilities and tricky love life make it hard to put this fast-paced historical mystery/romance down and leave you wanting more."
A former socialite continues to live life on the edge. Read full book review >
A SEASON TO LIE by Emily Littlejohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Littlejohn revisits beloved characters without the bittersweet voice and depth of her series debut, but she indicates clear potential for further development in Cedar Valley."
The murder of a famous author seeking refuge in a small town may be connected to bullying at the local high school. 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 >