Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

ROBERT B. PARKER'S THE HANGMAN'S SONNET  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The convoluted plot entangles a remarkable number of suspects. If you think you've picked out the guilty party, you're probably right."
An upcoming birthday celebration sticks Paradise police chief Jesse Stone with a case that even Spenser, his private-eye counterpart in the late Parker's better-known franchise, couldn't solve. Read full book review >
MY HOUSE GATHERS DESIRES by Adam McOmber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An otherworldly collection of tales rich with mystery, suspense, and eroticism."
Fifteen ghost stories from historical fantasist McOmber (The White Forest, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

MELVILLE by Jean Giono
by Jean Giono, translated by Paul Eprile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"This isn't your typical fictionalized life of a writer—instead, it's an unexpected meditation on the convergence of two literary lives."
This lyrical novel reimagines Herman Melville's life and adds a hauntingly atmospheric spin. Read full book review >
AFTER THE FLARE by Deji Bryce Olukotun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An absorbing novel that explores a compelling, African-centered future world."
In a deceptively slim novel, Olukotun (Nigerians in Space, 2014) orchestrates a complex dystopian story about what happens when a massive solar flare damages electrical systems worldwide and leaves Nigeria with the only functioning space program on the planet. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF PERPETUAL LIGHT by Josh Weil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Weil's stories are engrossing, persuasively detailed, and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds."
A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi. Read full book review >

DARK CHAPTER by Winnie M.  Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Li's offbeat crime novel is both a valuable social document and a riveting page-turner."
Inspired by true events in the author's life, this debut novel describes the rape of a young Taiwanese-American woman by a psychologically damaged Irish boy and the traumatic aftereffects of the attack. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >