Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

WHITE HOUSES by Amy Bloom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Bloom elevates this addition to the secret-lives-of-the-Roosevelts genre through elegant prose and by making Lorena Hickok a character engrossing enough to steal center stage from Eleanor Roosevelt."
From the prolific Bloom, whose novels and short stories have often explored the complexity of sexuality and gender (Lucky Us, 2014, etc.), a bio-fiction about the romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok told from Hickok's perspective. Read full book review >
POISON by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Though it lacks both the sociological scope and the double-barreled plotting of Lescroart's best, this relatively routine, expertly handled case is still well worth your time."
Back in the saddle after a brief hiatus for the stand-alone Fatal (2017), San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy spends most of his time wishing he weren't. And he's not the only one. Read full book review >

THE GHOST NOTEBOOKS by Ben Dolnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A ghost story that's more clunky than creepy."
A dream job at a writer's house turned museum becomes nightmarish for a young couple. Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER'S FLIGHT by Tom Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A fun, fast-paced coming-of-age story laced with magic."
In a world of woman-dominated practical magic, a young man yearns to make a place for himself. Read full book review >
VENGEANCE by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"This heady novel could use more heart."
A writer looks for the truth about a crime and might find out more than he wants to. Read full book review >

LOVE by Hanne Ørstavik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A short, bleak, capably written book, ironically titled, icy cold to the core."
Prizewinning Norwegian Ørstavik (The Blue Room, 2014, etc.) follows the parallel courses of a single mother and her 8-year-old son during a night that moves unrelentingly toward tragedy. Read full book review >
SADNESS IS A WHITE BIRD by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A passionate, poetic coming-of-age story set in a mine field, brilliantly capturing the intensity of feeling on both sides of the conflict."
A very young Israeli soldier whose best friends are Palestinian twins is driven to the breaking point by conflicting loyalties. Read full book review >
WINTER KEPT US WARM by Anne Raeff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"There's elegance, insight, tenderness, and craft aplenty in this pensive, melancholy story, but its insistent restraint and distance bleach away intimacy; it's as if readers are viewing the characters through the wrong end of a telescope."
In Berlin, in the aftermath of World War II, three disparate lives come together. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by Kimmery Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A book about female friendships that unapologetically wears its heart on its sleeve."
A secret from two doctors' pasts may put what they cherish most under the knife: their friendship. Read full book review >
THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A worthwhile caper, if a little overweight."
You can beat him up, arrest his wife, try to acid bomb him, but you can't hustle a hustler. Read full book review >
SURPRISE ME by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A hilariously moving look at marriage and the power of mixing things up."
A woman attempts to spice up her marriage…and uncovers some secrets in the process. Read full book review >
ALL THE CASTLES BURNED by Michael  Nye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Just as Nye's characters are glued to the O.J. Simpson trial, readers won't want to look away."
Nye's debut novel (following a book of short stories, Strategies Against Extinction, 2012) is the story of Owen Webb, a basketball player on scholarship at a private boys' school, and his relationship with two enigmatic men: his father, whose dramatic secrets neither Owen nor his mother suspect, and Carson, an older teen. 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 >