Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE COLLECTED STORIES OF MACHADO DE ASSIS by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Essential to students of Latin American and world literature."
A welcome omnibus edition of short fiction by the writer widely considered the greatest to have come out of Brazil. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A complicated plot, richly drawn characters, and a vein of horror will keep readers devouring the pages."
Private detective Charlie Parker faces a pair of otherworldly foes in a crime novel packed with colorful characters. Read full book review >

TELL ME LIES by Carola Lovering
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story."
Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering's debut, the tale of a young woman's obsession with a man who's "good at being charming." Read full book review >
THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS by Amy Meyerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A lovely look at loss, family, and the comfort found in a good bookstore."
A woman inherits her late uncle's struggling bookstore in Meyerson's debut novel. Read full book review >
HARRY'S TREES by Jon Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Don't let the term fairy tale scare you away, for, as Cohen says, 'Enchantment is a part of everyday existence.' Oh, and it's also a chuckleworthy story."
Set in rural Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains, this redemptive tale will speak to the hearts of those who've lost a loved one. Read full book review >

WHO IS VERA KELLY? by Rosalie Knecht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A riveting, satisfying novel."
A young undercover spy is forced to improvise after her handler goes dark during the Argentinian coup in 1966. Read full book review >
THE LIFE LUCY KNEW by Karma Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A fizzy love story with a serious streak, good for readers who like their conundrums to go down as easily as one of the cocktails the characters enjoy."
A millennial makes a bad footwear decision, falls on the ice outside a store in Toronto, gets a concussion, and wakes up in the hospital convinced she's madly in love with a man she never married instead of the one she lives with. Read full book review >
THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A sober and memorable take on the American West: its opportunities for men to wage war against each other and the land and the devastation the men's ambition wrought upon women's lives."
The lives of Gen. George Armstrong Custer, his wife, Libbie, and a 15-year-old Kansas farmer's daughter converge in this historical novel about the American frontier. Read full book review >
THE MADONNA OF THE MOUNTAINS by Elise Valmorbida
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Valmorbida belongs to a family that emigrated from Italy to Australia after World War II, and the wartime horrors endured by her characters may invite speculation about the autobiographical nature of this work—but the moral and ethical questions raised propel the story beyond the particulars into the universal."
One woman's life serves as an exemplar of the harsh realities experienced by an Italian generation marked by war in this panoramic, yet site-specific, novel. Read full book review >
A PLACE FOR US by Fatima Farheen Mirza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"The author's passion for her subject shines like the moon in the night sky, a recurrent image in this ardent and powerful novel."
An American Muslim family is torn apart in the struggle between tradition and modernity. Read full book review >
BLOWN by Mark Haskell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Another madcap crime caper, one with a little temper and a dirty mind."
When a Wall Street trader rips off $17 million of his brokerage's cash, it initiates an island-hopping chase across the Caribbean. Read full book review >
THE MUTUAL UFO NETWORK by Lee Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"With precise storytelling, Martin chronicles the unrest in his characters' lives and the shocking moments when tensions reach their breaking points."
Quiet traumas and long-festering emotional wounds abound in this collection. 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 >