Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

LEA by Pascal Mercier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite Mercier's (Perlmann's Silence, 2012, etc.) lyricism and occasional emotional acuity, the book's depiction of suffering does little to elaborate its closing observation that 'there is unhappiness of a dimension so great that it is unbearable.'"
Two men from Bern who can no longer trust their hands—one is a recently retired surgeon who can't hold a scalpel without trembling and the other can't hold a steering wheel without contemplating suicide—meet by chance in a cafe in Provence. Read full book review >
SUPERHERO SYNDROME by Caryn Larrinaga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A superhero saga featuring an appealing heroine with a frankly cool power."
A 21-year-old woman survives a new, deadly disease and gains the ability to absorb any material she touches in Larrinaga's (Galtzagorriak and Other Creatures, 2017, etc.) adventure tale.Read full book review >

THE LIVING INFINITE by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fresh, fast-moving historical fiction from a master storyteller."
A real 19th-century Bourbon infanta is the inspiration for this novel about a princess who writes a rebellious feminist memoir. Read full book review >
THE MISADVENTURES OF A LIFE LESS LIVED by Clayton D. Gerrard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An amusing satire of self-discovery in the form of a madcap misadventure tale."
A college junior literally loses his life and must find a new one in this debut magical realism novel. Read full book review >
BODY ON BAKER STREET by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Remarkably, the heroine, who is often indeed annoyingly like Sherlock Holmes, manages to solve the mystery without alienating all her friends."
A sleuthing bookstore owner may be too clever for her own good. Read full book review >

DEATH AT THE SEASIDE by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"In addition to re-creating the feeling of the golden age, Brody this time provides a stronger mystery than usual."
A private investigator finds yet another vacation ruined by murder. Read full book review >
ASKING FOR TRUFFLE by Dorothy  St. James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The first in a new series for St. James (Oak and Dagger, 2013, etc.) features an appealingly reflective heroine and a varied roster of suspects."
A woman who's never been properly loved has a chance for a new start in life. Read full book review >
DOOM WITH A VIEW by Kate Kingsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A distinct improvement over the series debut that provides lots of suspects, family problems, and a hint of romance to come."
A haunted inn finally opens, with decidedly mixed results. Read full book review >
ALL THE SECRET PLACES by Anna Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Developing characters introduced in her series debut, Carlisle continues her fascination with small-town secrets."
A medical examiner inspecting the body of a Civil War soldier searches for evidence that will identify the deceased and protect her boyfriend. Read full book review >
LIGHTNING MEN by Thomas Mullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"This volume, together with its predecessor, suggests strongly that Mullen is working on an epic of mid-20th-century American transformation. If so, the growth of his three protagonists promises to be both fascinating and painful to watch."
This knotty, multilayered thriller set near the cusp of the civil rights movement illustrates how crime and punishment in racially segregated Atlanta could be far more complex than relatively simple matters of black and white. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR SECRETS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite its reliance on well-worn cozy tropes (is every local cop a secret heir to millions?), Chase's light touch makes this a tale worth telling."
A Southern belle finds herself up to her delicate neck in murder. Read full book review >
THE BLOODY BLACK FLAG by Steve Goble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The mix of pirates and detection works surprisingly well. If the guilty party is no great surprise, both the mystery and the sleuthing are neatly turned. First of a series."
Avast, Watson! Journalist Goble's fiction debut sets its murder mystery aboard an 18th-century pirate ship. 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 >