Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE DYNAMITE ROOM by Jason Hewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An unusual, intricate drama delivered with accomplishment."
In a remote English house during World War II, innocence and experience fuel the cat-and-mouse game played out between an imaginative child and a conflicted German soldier. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM BAGHDAD! by Saad Hossain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A gonzo adventure novel that shreds the conventional wisdom that pulp can be pigeonholed."
In the dark days leading up to the Iraq War, two black marketeers blunder into an ancient conspiracy involving a secret sect of Islamic mystics. Read full book review >

PASTURE ART by Marlin Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Barton is generous and sympathetic toward his characters, no matter how much of a handful they are. A pleasing collection, humane and well-written."
Literate, deftly constructed stories of backwoods Alabama. Read full book review >
THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"With surprisingly little suspense and a cast ranging from unremarkable to unlikable, this tepid whodunit fails to satisfy."
A housewife struggling to control her bipolar disorder fears she's responsible for the brutal murder of her neighbor. Read full book review >
FORGIVENESS 4 YOU by Ann Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bauer (The Forever Marriage, 2012, etc.) writes with humor and compassion about a business that is both bizarre and entirely all too real and the flawed and ultimately human characters behind it."
In a time when most anything can be bought and sold, forgiveness and absolution are hot commodities. Read full book review >

LIKE A WOMAN by Debra Busman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Finding the depth in a character's struggle is the novelist's task, and Busman does get there but somehow does not make her protagonist specific enough until the very end."
A look at the scorched-earth terrain of a miserable childhood and hardscrabble life on the streets; there's a tough girl named Taylor at the center, coming of age in some of the hardest circumstances. Read full book review >
LESS THAN HERO by S.G.  Browne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"This is a funny, inventive exploration of the dangers inherent in our overmedicated culture. Readers who enjoy a dash of sharp wit with their comic-book shenanigans should enjoy tagging along on Lloyd's everyday-superhero exploits."
Browne's (Big Egos, 2013, etc.) latest novel is a social-satire-meets-amateur-superhero saga that deftly skewers the money-grubbing slickness of the pharmaceutical industry—as well as American culture's propensity to pop a pill for absolutely anything that ails us, regardless of how outrageously unpredictable the side effects may be. Read full book review >
THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN by Aleksandr Tuvim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An epic novel of good and evil that may have more ambition than its story can support."
In a dark future where water is scarce and disease runs rampant, a young revolutionary plots the downfall of an authoritarian government. Read full book review >
THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting."
Sandrine Salome flees New York and her treacherous husband to find shelter in Paris with her grandmother, but as she settles in and pursues new passions, it's unclear whether she or an infamous ancestral witch is driving the changes. Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Daniel Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Arnold has crafted a fierce book for those who know the game—and for the rest of us, who can vicariously push through our fears of the wild."
This debut story collection is a gutsy, up-close look at mountain climbing around the world. Read full book review >
CASCADE FALLS by Bruce Ferber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ferber may be trying to explore the consequences of the housing crash, but this soap opera is neither substantial enough to tackle that subject nor skillful enough to parody it."
In the suburbs of Phoenix, marriages and careers are coming undone in this second novel from sitcom producer Ferber (Elevating Overman, 2012).Read full book review >
DELICIOUS FOODS by James Hannaham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A poised and nervy study of race in a unique voice."
A Southern farm provides the backdrop for a modern-day slavery tale in this textured, inventive and provocatively funny novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >