Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE HOME FOR UNWANTED GIRLS by Joanna Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"The ending hits a perfect emotional note: bittersweet and honest, comforting and regretful."
Family members force a teenager to give up her daughter for adoption in 1950s Quebec. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER by Jon Michael Varese
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"In part a meditation on belief, the book is mostly engaging despite being overlong and occasionally preposterous."
A sprawling, intricately plotted debut novel that combines post-Civil War history with a kind of ghost story. Read full book review >

THE LIFE LIST OF ADRIAN MANDRICK by Chris White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"An unsatisfying character study of a middle-aged man in crisis that fails to distinguish itself from others of its type."
A pill-popping anesthesiologist and bird-watcher is forced to confront his past when his estranged mother dies. Read full book review >
DISORIENTAL by Négar Djavadi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Authentic, ambitious, richly layered, and very readable."
French-Iranian screenwriter Djavadi blends the fates of individuals and families with the history of modern Iran in this award-winning debut novel about exile, integration, and the human cost of political opposition. Read full book review >
THE LONG SUNSET by Jack McDevitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Despite a slow-motion first hundred pages pondering whether the expedition should go ahead, a solidly engrossing entry in this agreeable and reliable series."
The eighth entry in the medium-future Academy series (Starhawk, 2013, etc.) starring expert spaceship pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins and her expeditions around a galaxy littered with ancient alien artifacts yet now seemingly devoid of intelligent life. Read full book review >

THE SOUL OF A THIEF by Steven Hartov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fast-moving plot and vivid characters make this a most satisfying read."
A Waffen SS colonel plans to profit from World War II while his adjutant hopes to survive it in this tale of good and evil, sex and love. Read full book review >
THE ONLY STORY by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A somber but well-conceived character study suffused with themes of loss and self-delusion."
A May-September romance devolves into dysfunction and regret. Read full book review >
NOIR by Christopher Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A frantically comic tale of guys and dolls that shoots and just misses."
A regular joe stirs up a whole pot of trouble when he meets a damsel in distress. Read full book review >
LIAR'S CANDLE by August Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"An unconvincing romp through a convincingly described Turkey."
Young spies, in and out of love, crisscross Turkey in Thomas' debut thriller. Read full book review >
SHOT IN THE DARK by Cleo Coyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A complicated murder mystery with some penetrating insights into the treacherous world of dating apps and throwaway relationships."
A coffeehouse manager gets a crash course in the rules of the new dating game. Read full book review >
WHISPERS OF THE DEAD  by Spencer Kope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"With its deadpan banter and gritty narrative, Kope's second case has a Dirty Harry vibe and finds a sweet noir groove."
An investigator with a unique and invaluable skill leads an elite team on the hunt for a serial offender known as The Ice Box Killer. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN by Sasscer Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Sound racing lore mixes with sex and murder to provide a blood-soaked edge-of-your-seat thriller."
The sport of kings is sullied by underhanded dealings. 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 >