Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

OF GIANTS AND OTHER MEN by Caspar Peek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2015

"A beautifully realized novel that doesn't shy away from describing the horrors of war as well as life's moments of beauty."
A lyrical family saga that brings to light an oft forgotten period of Central American history. Read full book review >
MOBIUS DICK by Andrew Crumey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2015

"An intellectually nimble doomsday scenario that makes all those worries of creating an accidental black hole at the Large Hadron Collider sound benign by comparison."
Worlds collide when a university professor stumbles across a machine that threatens the fabric of the universe. Read full book review >

THE OTHER JOSEPH by Skip Horack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bracketed by stunning revelations, Horack's luminous tale offers perceptive insights about the elemental connections of family."
In Horack's (The Eden Hunter, 2010, etc.) latest, Roy Joseph learns that "grief never leaves, it just mutates."Read full book review >
THE POSER by Jacob Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A strong debut that remains steadily written, even as it drifts away from its best material."
Rubin's debut novel tells an imaginative story of American emptiness. Read full book review >
THE DYNAMITE ROOM by Jason Hewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An unusual, intricate drama delivered with accomplishment."
In a remote English house during World War II, innocence and experience fuel the cat-and-mouse game played out between an imaginative child and a conflicted German soldier. Read full book review >

ESCAPE FROM BAGHDAD! by Saad Hossain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A gonzo adventure novel that shreds the conventional wisdom that pulp can be pigeonholed."
In the dark days leading up to the Iraq War, two black marketeers blunder into an ancient conspiracy involving a secret sect of Islamic mystics. Read full book review >
PASTURE ART by Marlin Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Barton is generous and sympathetic toward his characters, no matter how much of a handful they are. A pleasing collection, humane and well-written."
Literate, deftly constructed stories of backwoods Alabama. Read full book review >
THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"With surprisingly little suspense and a cast ranging from unremarkable to unlikable, this tepid whodunit fails to satisfy."
A housewife struggling to control her bipolar disorder fears she's responsible for the brutal murder of her neighbor. Read full book review >
FORGIVENESS 4 YOU by Ann Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bauer (The Forever Marriage, 2012, etc.) writes with humor and compassion about a business that is both bizarre and entirely all too real and the flawed and ultimately human characters behind it."
In a time when most anything can be bought and sold, forgiveness and absolution are hot commodities. Read full book review >
LIKE A WOMAN by Debra Busman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Finding the depth in a character's struggle is the novelist's task, and Busman does get there but somehow does not make her protagonist specific enough until the very end."
A look at the scorched-earth terrain of a miserable childhood and hardscrabble life on the streets; there's a tough girl named Taylor at the center, coming of age in some of the hardest circumstances. Read full book review >
LESS THAN HERO by S.G.  Browne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"This is a funny, inventive exploration of the dangers inherent in our overmedicated culture. Readers who enjoy a dash of sharp wit with their comic-book shenanigans should enjoy tagging along on Lloyd's everyday-superhero exploits."
Browne's (Big Egos, 2013, etc.) latest novel is a social-satire-meets-amateur-superhero saga that deftly skewers the money-grubbing slickness of the pharmaceutical industry—as well as American culture's propensity to pop a pill for absolutely anything that ails us, regardless of how outrageously unpredictable the side effects may be. Read full book review >
THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN by Aleksandr Tuvim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An epic novel of good and evil that may have more ambition than its story can support."
In a dark future where water is scarce and disease runs rampant, a young revolutionary plots the downfall of an authoritarian government. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >