Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS by Caitlin Hamilton Summie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A quiet first effort in need of more warmth and verve."
Upper Midwestern families navigate loss and heartbreak. Read full book review >
THE DRIVER by Hart Hanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Bones showrunner Hanson's fresh-voiced first novel is a lark, which is saying something considering the violence to which its characters are subjected."
Hired as a bodyguard for African-American reality TV star Bismarck Avila, a rapper and skateboard mogul, "astoundingly vanilla" LA limo driver Michael Skellig draws on his background as an Army Special Forces officer in Afghanistan to save his client from killers. Read full book review >

ALL IS BEAUTY NOW by Sarah Faber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"At its best, a finely observed consideration of how mental illness impacts an entire family."
The loss of a beloved daughter, presumed drowned, exposes the secrets and heartache behind the facade of a perfect-seeming family. Read full book review >
THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Katherine Nouri Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A fascinating evocation of the major players of the Ottoman renaissance."
A captured Venetian encounters a strange blend of civilization and barbarism as she attains the highest rank possible for a woman in the Ottoman Empire. Read full book review >
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A savage tale of parenthood and squandered hope from an author whose unsparing eye never ceases to subvert the mundane."
A man goes in search of his addict son only to end up lost in his own relentless crises. Read full book review >

A KIND OF FREEDOM by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A well-crafted—and altogether timely—first novel."
A multigenerational exploration of systemic racism in America. Read full book review >
A NEST OF VIPERS by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Expect the ending to make you squirm, though you have to admire Camilleri's ability to disarm horror with his particular charm; the town of Vigàta quietly soldiers on."
When you're a loan shark with an open liking for younger women, the occasional death threat maybe isn't so alarming. Read full book review >
BIBLIOMYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"No matter. Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people."
Indefatigable mystery bookseller/editor Penzler (The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, 2016, etc.) has assembled—wait for it—a collection of 15 stories linking murders to books, originally commissioned between 2011 and 2013 as feuilletons distributed by the Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Kellye  Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn't afraid to go cynical on all things LA."
A stone-broke actress struggles to land the reward for solving a cold case. Read full book review >
THE BLACK KACHINA by Jack Getze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"An engaging thriller with heroic and villainous characters that readers will enjoy."
A U.S. Air Force officer teams up with a reporter to recover a missing missile before someone uses it to destroy the Hoover Dam in Getze's (Big Shoes, 2015, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
DRINKS WITH DEAD POETS by Glyn Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Within the loose format of a campus novel lurks a peculiar but not unpersuasive agglomeration of ideas, opinions, and imaginings about poets and their work."
Dream, fantasy, coma, or afterlife? One of these surely explains why an established poet wakes up one day to find himself in a tiny English village teaching a poetry course and enjoying visits from Keats, Whitman, Dickinson, and other literary geniuses. Read full book review >
THE AMBER SHADOWS by Lucy Ribchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Ribchester (The Hourglass Factory, 2016) convincingly re-creates wartime life and the enclosed world of code-breaking and plays out the suspense in a Hitchcock homage almost worthy of the master."
Mysterious parcels that may connect a British World War II typist with her past make a dangerous gift. 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 >