Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

DIVISIBLE MAN by Howard  Seaborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2018

"Well-written and engaging, with memorable characters and an intriguing hero."
In this debut thriller, a pilot survives a crash and discovers that he's developed strange abilities, which come in handy when someone kidnaps his friend's daughter. Read full book review >
BORN IN A TREACHEROUS TIME by Jacqui Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2018

"A well-executed tale of early man."
Murray (Twenty-Four Days, 2017, etc.) imagines the life of an early hominid, later famously nicknamed "Lucy" by archaeologists, in this adventure novel. Read full book review >

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2018

"An aspirational fantasy in which the heroine not only survives, but flourishes through every crisis known to middle-age women in the higher income brackets."
Seven years have passed since London financial executive Kate Reddy found what seemed the perfect balance of family and work in Pearson's popular I Don't Know How She Does It (2002). Read full book review >
SANTA CRUZ NOIR  by Susie Bright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2018

"Though many of these stories are more interested in evoking a voice or mood than pursuing a plot to its conclusion, Vinnie Hansen's 'Miscalculation' provides a textbook example of how many twists can fit into the simple tale of a bank teller's adventures with the Guitar Case Bandit."
Sexologist Bright (The Best of Best American Erotica, 2008, etc.) joins the ranks of Akashic editors to rip the lid off the California coastal town that's never seemed less laid-back. Read full book review >
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by Lauren Weisberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"With rich people behaving scandalously on every page, this lemon is juicy and delicious."
Weisberger (The Singles Game, 2016, etc.) gives rich-lit fans a second spinoff of her best-known novel, The Devil Wears Prada, shifting her lens from long-suffering Andrea Sachs to Emily Charlton, the snippy fashionista who worked as top assistant to Runway magazine's hellish editor, Miranda Priestly. Read full book review >

VISIBLE EMPIRE by Hannah Pittard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Within this book is an excellent novel that would have been stronger with a less complicated treatment."
The real-life crash of a charter plane full of Atlanta's white elite is the inspiration for a fictional examination of race, class, love, and betrayal. Read full book review >
TURBULENCE  by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Woods' consumerist hero doesn't purchase any new real estate this time out, but he does qualify to fly another new aircraft. Plus, that nuclear device doesn't explode. Nice."
New York attorney/secret agent manqué Stone Barrington's latest takes him from a Category 5 hurricane to a rogue nuclear device, all without a single frisson of suspense. Read full book review >
ROUGH ANIMALS by Rae DelBianco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Man, this 'redneck kid author' can write."
When a feral 14-year-old girl kills four of his cattle, a Utah rancher not so much older than she chases her into the physical and spiritual wilderness for 12 blood-soaked days. Read full book review >
THE ONE YOU CAN'T FORGET by Roni Loren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Loren's second title in a series that revolves around survivors of a high school shooting (The Ones Who Got Away, 2018) maintains the complexity and emotional intensity that earned the first book huge acclaim but never loses its way as a sexy, captivating romance."
Divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt has a demanding job and emotional baggage; she's aiming for partner in her father's firm and helping on his election campaign. Getting involved with the has-been chef she helped ruin is not a good idea even if he's smart, sexy, and just what she needs. Read full book review >
MUST LOVE BABIES by Lynnette  Austin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"The romance takes a back seat in this sweet but uneventful story of a man who changes his ideas about family, love, and marriage in the face of unexpected responsibilities."
A confirmed bachelor meets an attractive woman and gains temporary custody of his nephew, all in the same night. Read full book review >
US AGAINST YOU by Fredrik Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Backman plays the story for both cynicism and hope, and his skill makes both hard, but not impossible, to resist."
Shockwaves from the incidents in Beartown (2017) shake an economically depressed hockey town in this latest from the author of A Man Called Ove. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR OF SHOES by Spencer Wise
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Though this book can be nuanced and engaging, it's ultimately disappointing."
Since the day of his birth, Boston-born Alex Cohen has been expected to follow in his father's footsteps and run the family shoe factory in southern China. 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 >