Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

BLIND SIGHT  by Carol O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Colorful and appealing (or appalling) characters make this one a winner for crime-fic fans."
The twelfth in a series of clever crime novels featuring scary-smart Kathy Mallory (It Happens in the Dark, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE VANISHED by Lotte Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Ridiculous coincidence aside, this Danish sleeping pill proves thin on story."
Scandinavian noir crime fiction continues to pile up the body count in this latest by the Danish Hammer siblings. Read full book review >

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Stephanie Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An artfully rendered meditation on marriage, home, and identity."
Charlotte, a young mother in 1960s Cambridge, England, longs for her pre-baby artist self. Read full book review >
THE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling for a matchless series (Unseen, 2013, etc.) in which, just as in grand opera, nothing ordinary ever happens."
After two intense stand-alones (Pretty Girls, 2015, etc.), Slaughter brings back the regulars whose personal problems are just as dark, urgent, and potentially violent as those of the criminals they investigate. Read full book review >
CANNIBALS IN LOVE by Mike Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A study of young masculinity: atmospheric, quietly aggressive, and unexpectedly hopeful."
An angst-y all-American coming-of-age tale in 18 linked vignettes, Roberts' debut captures the anger and tumult of early adulthood in the George W. Bush years. Read full book review >

REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >
Rembrandt's Shadow by Janet Lee Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A moving rendering of a true story about an art dealer, both thrilling and historically fascinating,"
A debut novel details a Jewish family's escape from the Nazis, and the emotional tumult it suffered in the aftermath. Read full book review >
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A dazzlingly tricky mystery, oddball characters, and an authentic feel for life in post-World War II England."
A magician's misdirections may provide the clue that solves three murders in 1950s Brighton. Read full book review >
Wilder by Rebecca Yarros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Intelligent and fun, this fast-paced tale delivers kaleidoscopic settings and an adventurous love story."
Yarros (Ignite: Legacy, 2016, etc.) offers a shipboard romance between an extreme sports athlete and his ambitious tutor.Read full book review >
Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely by Matthew Fogarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Energetic stories unveil limitless possibilities always within reach."
A collection offers tales populated by families, lovers, and pariahs who brave worlds both real and illusory. Read full book review >
AUNTIE POLDI AND THE SICILIAN LIONS by Mario Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Giordano's wit and his formidable heroine's wisdom combine to make this debut a smash."
An ex-pat from Munich finds love and murder in Sicily. Read full book review >
AFTER THE DAM by Amy Hassinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Taut, beautifully written, and suspenseful, this resonant, feminist drama eschews easy answers. A page-turner of the highest caliber."
When one person's political passion conflicts with the rest of her family's desires, tensions are inevitable. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >