Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE FLOATING WORLD by C. Morgan Babst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Deeply felt and beautifully written; a major addition to the literature of Katrina."
A New Orleans family is shattered and scattered by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRLS AND OTHER STORIES by Emily Geminder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Startling, far-reaching tales of women who haunt and are haunted."
A chorus of dead and living girls and women in nine stories. Read full book review >

LIARS by Steven Gillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A smart chamber drama about the ways aesthetics can govern lives—and, at times, can make people toxic to those around them."
In this novel of midlife malaise and creative frustration, a novelist insinuates himself into the seemingly idyllic life of a local couple, with emotional destruction in mind. Read full book review >
SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An emotional but ultimately uplifting holiday story."
A family must spend seven days quarantined together—with all their disagreements, resentments, and secrets—in this debut novel. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"While these stories have the all-American sweetness, humor, and heart we associate with his screen roles, Hanks writes like a writer, not a movie star."
Seventeen wide-ranging and whimsical stories—with a typewriter tucked into each one. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO SAVED GHOSTS by K.C. Tansley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An enjoyable supernatural mystery that tries to do too many things at once."
A high schooler learns more about her powers and her enemies in this YA paranormal-adventure sequel by Tansley (The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, 2015). Read full book review >
FOREBEAR by Marshall Gaddis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An entertaining, discerning take on the connections between the Old and New West."
A mixed martial arts fighter draws on the spirit of his mountain man ancestor during a precarious Western journey in this debut novel. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE IS THE OCEAN  by Matthew  Lansburgh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Arresting and pointed."
Fifteen short stories follow a German immigrant mother and her two children over the span of 50 years. Read full book review >
THE LIARS' ASYLUM by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A fine collection that amply demonstrates Appel's gifts."
These eight short stories explore the author's continuing preoccupation with secrets, lies, illusions, and the uncertainties of love. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT by Hubert Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A thoughtful and highly readable legal thriller."
A famous Texas trial lawyer becomes a plaintiff in this third installment of a series. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SWORDS by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"When fine writer and expert editor Dozois beckons, authors deliver—and this surely will be one of the year's essential anthologies."
Dozois, an indefatigable editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, 2017, etc.), introduces an all-new compendium of 16 original stories, many set in their authors' established fantasy universes. Read full book review >
UNQUIET SPIRITS by Bonnie MacBird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A superior pastiche which, like the early work of Sena Jeter Naslund and Laurie R. King, is less interested in looking back to 1889, its nominal setting, than in refitting the Great Detective to modern sensibilities."
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson tangle with murder, vinicultural sabotage, and reputed ghosts in a Scottish whisky baron's estate. 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 >