Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

FADE INTO YOU by Nikki Darling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Part punk zine, part battle cry, this debut wields teen angst and riot grrrl rage like a spiked dog collar or a fist."
A once-ambitious teenage girl searches for her place in Los Angeles after enduring neglect and family tragedy. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN OF JOCASTA by Natalie Haynes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Characters aren't as strong as the plot borrowed from antiquity."
Two women, two Greek tragedies, one modern revamping. Read full book review >

GRAZIELLA by Alphonse de Lamartine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Sentimental, condescending, and dismissive, Lamartine's fictionalized memoirs have aged badly."
A new translation describes the erotic awakening of a young Frenchman. Read full book review >
THE MOSCOW SLEEPERS by Stella Rimington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Proof, if any were needed by now, that Rimington is better at worldbuilding than storytelling. The threat is real, the bureaucratic infighting sharply detailed, the tradecraft circumspect. The only thing left shortchanged is the plot."
Those pesky Russians, who just don't know when to quit, are at it again in this sedate 10th adventure for Liz Carlyle. Read full book review >
BLOOD IS BLOOD  by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"As Thomas shifts the focus of his period franchise (Old Scores, 2017, etc.) to a second-fiddle investigator, his hero gathers confidence through every step of a dangerous case."
An assistant detective in Victorian London finally makes his mark. Read full book review >

WATTLE & DAUB by Brian Coughlan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"When Coughlan eases up on the cleverness and shows his heart, his unique imagination shines through—but unfortunately, this happens too rarely here."
Very brief stories with an absurdist flair comprise this debut collection from Ireland. Read full book review >
THE ALEHOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Stevan Allred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Richly conceived, enjoyable, and a treat for readers of myths and legends."
An imaginative journey into a spirit world, evoking ancient myths about death and the afterlife. Read full book review >
PRAGUE SPRING by Simon Mawer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Making a strong return to the Eastern European setting of his acclaimed novel The Glass Room (2009), British author Mawer limns the Cold War to affecting and ultimately chilling effect."
During the calm before the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, two European couples in Prague get caught up in the era's false promise of love and freedom. Read full book review >
THE WESTERN WIND by Samantha Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A dazzling, challenging read but one worth taking on."
An imposing medieval mystery about a fearful religious community in the grips of secrecy. Read full book review >
INSURRECTO by Gina Apostol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Dazzling, interlocking narratives on history, truth, and storytelling."
Demanding, baffling, and ultimately exhilarating examination of a forgotten moment in U.S.-Philippine history. Read full book review >
NAUGHTY ON ICE  by Maia Chance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Charming one-liners battle overelaborate setups with insufficient payoffs that are serious distractions from the latest developments in Chance's enjoyable, tangent-filled series (Gin and Panic, 2017, etc.)."
Called to Vermont by an anonymous letter, two female detectives break down Prohibition barriers to enjoy themselves while getting into trouble on a case. Read full book review >
DEATH AND OTHER HOLIDAYS by Marci Vogel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A moving and graceful novella of overcoming sorrow."
A year in the life of a woman grieving for her stepfather. 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 >