Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON by Tasha Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"If you can stick with Yasmin until the end, the twists and turns are worth it."
A teenage outcast imagines what would happen if one of her classmates was abducted only to deal with confusing consequences when fantasy becomes reality in Kavanagh's debut novel. Read full book review >
FINDING YOUR FEET  by Cass Lennox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2017

"A whirl of a sweet story that serves as a solid bridge between installments of an unusually diverse contemporary romance series."
An unusual romance between an asexual woman and a transgender man who find themselves thrown together during Toronto's Pride Week. Read full book review >

ON THE SICKLE'S EDGE by Neville D. Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2017

"An unwieldy epic spans generations and continents while remaining, at its core, somehow improbable."
Set mostly in the Soviet Union, this ambitious novel takes on memory, identity, and family ties. Read full book review >
RACING THE DEVIL by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"Despite the high body count, the pacing feels a bit slow. A perfectly competent but unexceptional entry in the crowded niche of interwar English village mysteries."
Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge battles his own shell shock and a rector's murderer in an English coastal hamlet. Read full book review >
BEST LAID PLANS & OTHER DISASTERS by Amy Rivers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2017

"Chicken soup for the working woman's soul."
The female mayor of a small town navigates politics, relationship troubles, and the reality that life doesn't always go according to plan. Read full book review >

LUNCH WITH THE DO NOTHINGS AT THE TAMMY DINETTE by Killian B.  Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"Readers will be unexpectedly charmed by the quirky characters and clever dialogue in this heartwarming book."
Marcus Sumpter doesn't expect to find love or family in the tiny town of Marathon, Georgia, with a group of old Southern women known as the Do Nothings. But sometimes life delivers everything you've ever needed at just the right time. Read full book review >
RING OF FIRE  by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A page-turner that's enriched by the author's obvious familiarity with the intricacies of combating 21st-century terrorism."
An elite task force works frantically to prevent the next wave of terrorist attacks. Read full book review >
THE EVENINGS by Gerard Reve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Unpretty but true to life—at least life of a sort, however uninteresting."
Published for the first time in English, this is the 1947 debut novel by controversial Dutch writer Reve (1923-2006), who went on to a rich career offending Dutch sensibilities. Read full book review >
WEST VIRGINIA by Joe Halstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"No Look Homeward Angel this; rather a hapless family and road-trip blues."
In Halstead's debut, young Jamie Paddock is pulled home to the hard-worn, poverty-stricken West Virginia mountains by the apparent suicide of his father. Read full book review >
DEAD AND BREAKFAST by Kate Kingsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The prolific Kingsbury (Mulled Murder, 2013, etc.) launches a new series with likable characters and a beautiful setting but very little to set this cozy apart from many others."
A divorcée and her grandmother are trying to open a B&B on the Oregon coast, but their plan is derailed by a shocking discovery. Read full book review >
SHE STOPPED FOR DEATH by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The second case for the crime-solving friends (A Most Curious Murder, 2016) is a creepy tale filled with literary allusions and sporting a truly puzzling mystery."
The reappearance of a reclusive poet causes a sensation in Bear Falls, Michigan. Read full book review >
THE RIPPER'S SHADOW by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Rowland, author of the long-running Sano Ichiro mystery series (The Iris Fan, 2014, etc.), has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps suspense high."
An intrepid female photographer tracks the serial killer of the (19th) century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >