Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE STONE IN THE SKULL  by Elizabeth Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else."
Hoping to build on the dazzling triumph of her Eternal Sky fantasy trilogy (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.), Bear embarks on a new trilogy set in the same universe. Read full book review >
THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Real events like the Vietnam draft and Stonewall uprising enter the characters' family history as well as a stunning plot twist—delivering everything fans of a much-loved book could hope for in a prequel."
The Owens sisters are back—not in their previous guise as elderly aunties casting spells in Hoffman's occult romance Practical Magic (1995), but as fledgling witches in the New York City captured in Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids. Read full book review >

HERE IN BERLIN by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A stunning collection of memories, snippets, and specters."
A visitor to Berlin accumulates the haunting stories of its residents. Read full book review >
THE DIRTY BOOK CLUB by Lisi Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"There are many loose threads, though the ending is a relatively happy one. To her credit, in the knots she does tie up, Harrison avoids easy or expected solutions to complicated, adult situations."
Four women become unlikely allies when chosen to take over an existing "Dirty Book Club" in Harrison's first novel for adults. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by Joan Sales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Philosophical and earthy, tragic and funny, honest, raw, superb: Sales makes Hemingway seem thin, even anemic, in comparison. This book is a rich and highly recommended feast."
Catalan writer Sales tells a multilayered story of loves, faith, friendships, and ideals tested by the Spanish Civil War in this novel banned by Franco's censors, then published in 1956 after the author's return from exile. Read full book review >

AN ORCHARD IN THE STREET by Reginald Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A book which intends to be met at the level of its language but which suffers from a sustained cover-to-cover read—Gibbons' most recent stories are best savored singularly."
In these poetic fictions, the poet and translator Gibbons (Last Lake, 2016, etc.) explores the metaphysics of ordinary moments. Read full book review >
CATAPULT by Emily Fridlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Bracing, often brilliant stories deliver a shock to the routine narratives we tell."
Eleven stories of misshapen families and broken friendships disturb and unsettle. Read full book review >
IT NEVER ENDS by Nan Fink Gefen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An important personal and sociological perspective on women's lives."
An insightful look at the relationships between senior mothers and their middle-aged daughters. Read full book review >
NAIL'S CROSSING by Kris Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A captivating look at a little-known corner of rural Oklahoma burning up in a drought, rife with drug problems, yet peopled by tenacious, idiosyncratic characters you can't help rooting for."
Two Oklahoma police officers from separate forces work together to solve a series of bloody crimes in Lackey's debut. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS by Brian Rouff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Rouff (Money Shot, 2004, etc.) spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost's personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn's bris explained to her—which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too."
A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine—from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Read full book review >
FEROCITY by Nicola Lagioia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A mesmerizing exploration of failure, resilience, and profound, multifaceted loss."
Lagioia makes his enthralling English-language debut, translated into dazzling prose by Shugaar. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE ABSENTEE FATHER  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"Fans coast to coast can take pleasure in seeing Copperman's quirky hero remain his rational, literal self, even out in fabulous La La Land."
Professional fact-finder Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Felonious Friend, 2016, etc.) accepts a query from a client he can hardly refuse: his mother. 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 >