Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE MAN WHO SNAPPED HIS FINGERS by Fariba Hachtroudi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Tightly plotted, this fierce literary thriller packs complex emotions in a small space, tackling difficult and essential questions about power and our responsibilities to one another."
A colonel fleeing the repressive Theological Republic confronts a former prisoner in an unnamed northern European nation. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE MANOR by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The more gracious the home, the worse the crime in this anthology by a who's who of mostly golden-age writers."
Let the guest beware in these 16 reprinted stories, spanning roughly 65 years, set in British country houses. Read full book review >

JANE AND THE WATERLOO MAP by Stephanie Barron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Barron, who's picked up the pace since Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (2014), portrays an even more seasoned and unflinching heroine in the face of nasty death and her own peril."
A royal summons embroils veteran Regency sleuth Jane Austen. Read full book review >
ARCADIA by James Treadwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"With allusions to works from the Bible to the The Lord of the Rings series, this is perhaps the most accessible of Treadwell's loosely linked trilogy."
The last of Treadwell's (Anarchy, 2014, etc.) trilogy is a spiritual quest unfolding in an awe-inspiringly imagined dystopian world.Read full book review >
OPENING BELLE by Maureen Sherry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"So much fun, and educational too."
Corporate sexism and the mortgage crisis are a laugh a minute...in this delightful comic novel, at least. Read full book review >

YOUNGBLOOD by Matt Gallagher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A fresh twist on the Iraq War novel adds depth to this burgeoning genre."
A complex tale about the Iraq War, intrigue, love, and survival. Read full book review >
A FRIEND OF MR. LINCOLN by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A narrative that presents keen insights into Lincoln's complex personality."
A novel that concentrates on Lincoln's early years in Illinois, from his friendship with the (fictional) poet Cage Weatherby to his (altogether too real) relationship with Mary Todd. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S BLACKJACK by Robert Knott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A tad off the bull's-eye hit by Larry McMurtry's Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae adventures but a darn good way to pass an afternoon for Western fans."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's The Bridge, 2014, etc.) continues the inimitable Parker's Western series with marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch caught up in the aftermath of a Denver policeman's wife's murder.Read full book review >
THE FLOOD GIRLS by Richard Fifield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The Wild West earns its name all over again in this lovable chronicle of small-town insanity."
A prodigal daughter returns to her hometown in Montana to make amends; mayhem and hilarity ensue. Read full book review >
LAND OF SHADOWS by Priscilla Royal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Readers entranced by Royal's vivid historical descriptions will have an altogether easier time than Eleanor with its elementary mystery."
Death lurks behind every door in medieval England. Read full book review >
FUNERAL HOTDISH by Jana Bommersbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Like the eponymous hotdish, Bommersbach's debut novel contains a little of everything but nothing that spells haute literary cuisine. The author of The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd: The Truth About an American Crime Legend Revealed at Last (1992) might be better off sticking with true crime."
An Arizona transplant chases the scoop of the century while folks back in her Minnesota hometown discover club drugs. Read full book review >
THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN by Cristina Alger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Working night and day isn't as fulfilling as being with family; readers may wonder why Charlie doesn't already know that."
A drunken office-party speech changes the course of a widower dad's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >