Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Holahan (The Widower's Wife, 2016, etc.) spins a suffocating double nightmare that provides compelling support for her heroine's rueful article of faith: 'To be a writer is to be a life thief.'"
Granted exactly one month to write her way back into her editor's good graces, a spinner of romantic suspense hatches a plot with unnerving echoes of her own troubled life. Read full book review >
THE DEVOURING by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Benn's 12th World War II mystery keeps the action coming, with a nifty whodunit chaser."
A doughboy detective hunting for hidden Nazi gold solves a murder puzzle in the process. Read full book review >

THE TWELVE-MILE STRAIGHT by Eleanor Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Strong medicine, not always easy to swallow, but readers who like a challenge will relish this gifted writer's ambition and grit."
The births of two babies and the consequent lynching of a black man launch Henderson's (Ten Thousand Saints, 2011) grim investigation into the fractures of race, class, and family in rural Georgia. Read full book review >
GANGSTER NATION by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The sacred gets the stuffing kicked out of it by the profane in this wild and sometimes-shocking novel."
The jig may be up for Las Vegas Rabbi David Cohen, the unlikely identity assumed by ruthless hit man Sal Cupertine. It's only a matter of time before an obsessed former FBI agent tracks him down—or the fake rabbi's cosmetically altered face caves in. Read full book review >
THE PICTURES by Guy Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An atmospheric if familiar noir that provides a pleasant tour of Hollywood's golden age."
An LAPD detective investigating a producer's apparent suicide is drawn into a web involving murder and blackmail among Los Angeles' rich and powerful. Read full book review >

THE RAVEN GOD by Alane Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."
Sam and his brave friends must rally to defend Orkney in the final installment of Adams' (The Red Sun, 2015, etc.) YAfantasy series.Read full book review >
AN EXCESS MALE by Maggie Shen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An intelligent, incisive commentary on how love survives—or doesn't—under the heel of the State."
In her provocative debut, King imagines a world in which China's One Child Policy has created a dystopian future of longing, inequality, and constant surveillance. Read full book review >
WE WERE STRANGERS ONCE by Betsy Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The journalistic flatness of the narrative and Carter's tendency toward easy sentimentality make for a disappointingly pedestrian take on what should be a dramatically charged subject given today's refugee crisis."
As the title implies, Carter's latest (The Puzzle King, 2009, etc.) explores the experiences of a group of Jewish refugees from Germany in 1930s New York City while also offering a nod to earlier Irish immigrants. Read full book review >
THE MANNEQUIN MAKERS by Craig Cliff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A grim and glorious meditation on the cruelty of fate."
Competition between rival window dressers forms the foundation for this sprawling tragedy. Read full book review >
A LOVING, FAITHFUL ANIMAL by Josephine Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A rich, kaleidoscopic depiction of inherited trauma in stunning prose."
Rowe's debut novel examines the splintering of a family in rural Australia. Read full book review >
SWALLOWING MERCURY by Wioletta Greg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Greg's masterful first novel is charming, seductive, and sinister by turns."
An autobiographical novel about a young girl growing up in a small Polish village. Read full book review >
MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL by Meredith Wild
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A high-heat romance between a pert LA woman and rough mountain man."
Wild (Misadventures of a Good Wife, 2017, etc.) and Bliss (Dirty Secret, 2017, etc.) deliver an erotic romance novel featuring a stubborn city dweller and an ex-military hunk—both broken by life but ready for sexual redemption.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 >