Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

I KNOW MY NAME by C.J. Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A fast-paced novel that deftly strikes at the heart of what it means to survive traumatic personal and familial ruptures."
When an Englishwoman disappears from her home, her husband is forced to acknowledge problems in their marriage and all he does not know about his wife and her troubled childhood. Read full book review >
LITTLE REUNIONS by Eileen Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Originally written in 1976 but not published until 2009 in China, this is a welcome discovery from a writer who is only now, more than two decades after her death, coming into her own."
World War II-era romance, with dark edges and sharp social commentary, by Chinese expatriate novelist Chang (Love in a Fallen City, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

THEORY OF SHADOWS by Paolo Maurensig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A pleasure for fans of literary mystery—and of chess as well."
Furst meets Nabokov: an atmospheric blend of historical fact and detective-tale speculation against the backdrop of international chess. Read full book review >
A TREACHEROUS CURSE by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The third adventure for the attractively eccentric duo is a clever and witty follow-up to A Perilous Undertaking (2017)."
Two Edwardian sleuths search for a missing member of a star-crossed archaeological expedition. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE by Melanie Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A smart, fond backward glance at two trailblazers from an era when being the only woman in the room was not only the norm, but revolutionary."
Benjamin encores The Swans of Fifth Avenue (2016) with another glam story inspired by the legendary personalities and monkeyshines of America's film pioneers. Read full book review >

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A topic both timely and timeless, psychologically astute and vividly rendered, with strong characters and a rich sense of place."
Ten years later, a school shooting in West Texas is revisited from the perspective of a family it changed forever. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT MARKET by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"You'll never look at a flock of sparrows the same way again."
A sharp and scary near-future thriller that delivers a dark message about society's love affair with technology. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL by Mira T. Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An evocative and beautifully written debut."
The tumult of loving someone with a chronic mental illness can exhaust even the most caring person. Read full book review >
LULLABY ROAD by James Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"At times, Anderson seems to take on more than he can chew, but the narrator's dolefully observant and engagingly self-deprecating voice holds together this cluttered tale."
"We are the trouble we seek," says Ben Jones, the half-Jewish, half-Native American trucker who narrates this book. That seems especially true of the lost souls traversing the bleak landscape of this harrowing, dryly antic novel. Read full book review >
LIGHT IT UP  by Nick Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"This novel has a virtuoso opening over rugged terrain that soon turns into too-easily-recognizable territory."
An Iraq veteran stumbles into trouble when he signs on as security for a Colorado marijuana business. Read full book review >
THE INFINITE FUTURE by Tim Wirkus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An experimental, deeply meta novel about the search for meaning and the disappointments of reality."
A struggling American writer, a Brazilian librarian, and a Mormon historian come together in a dubious mission to unearth a long-lost science-fiction masterpiece. Read full book review >
THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"American literature suffered a serious loss with Johnson's death. These final stories underscore what we'll miss."
A posthumous collection of stories from Johnson (The Laughing Monsters, 2014), graceful and death-stalked as his work ever was. 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 >