Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE by Elizabeth J. Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An elegant glimpse into the evolution of love and womanhood."
Church's debut novel explores the relationship between sacrifice and love. Read full book review >
BORN ON A TUESDAY by Elnathan John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An action-packed, heartbreaking, and eye-opening debut from a great new talent."
A Nigerian boy struggles to survive in a violent, disintegrating world. Read full book review >

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The author's outlook remains relentlessly upbeat, and in the end, this sentimental novel is as cozy and fortifying as a hot cup of tea on a cold afternoon."
Nothing otherworldly happens in this feel-good debut novel, yet the story of an English widower who goes rummaging in his late wife's past has the quality of a fable. Read full book review >
WHISPER TO ME by Nick Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Part murder mystery, part love story, with plenty of drama for Lake's many fans. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After Cassie finds a human foot washed up on a New Jersey beach, she starts to hear a voice that threatens to harm her and others unless she obeys it. Read full book review >
The Chronicles of Spartak by Steven A. Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2016

"An overripe but still entertaining gay fantasia."
A multitalented, bisexual, teenage slave becomes a symbol of freedom in this debut sci-fi saga. Read full book review >

ELEVEN HOURS by Pamela Erens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2016

"Powerful—aesthetically and viscerally."
An unflinching look at pregnancy and childbirth. Read full book review >
The Couple Who Fell To Earth by Michelle Bitting
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"With this poetry collection, the author firmly establishes herself as a powerful contemporary voice in American letters."
In her third book-length collection, Bitting (Notes to the Beloved, 2012, etc.) converses with fellow poets, both classic and contemporary.Read full book review >
TEA WITH JAM AND DREAD by Tamar Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sarcasm and wacky humor overwhelm the underwhelming mystery in Magdalena's ninth (The Death of Pie, 2014, etc.)."
Downton Abbey meets the Penn Dutch Inn. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WANDERER by Alys Clare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Once more, Clare (Blood of the South, 2015, etc.) deftly combines a vexing mystery with paranormal activity and earthly romance."
Cambridge is terrified by a series of inexplicable killings in 1094. Read full book review >
DON'T BELIEVE A WORD by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"MacDonald (I See You, 2014, etc.) presents a story of love gone wrong that avoids black and white, letting the reader appreciate its many shades of gray."
A book editor is forced to work with the author who ruined her life. Read full book review >
A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS by Christine Goff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Although her stories are billed as bird-watchers' mysteries, Goff's writing is accessible, and her plot—cozy and predictable yet enjoyable—may well appeal to a wider audience."
A special agent focused on protecting nature looks for clues there when a local detective won't share any information that might help her solve the murder of a woman found in her park. Read full book review >
SAYONARA SLAM by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Written with heart, depth, and pace, Hirahara's sixth case (Strawberry Yellow, 2013, etc.) is hard to put down."
LA's most unassuming and underestimated amateur sleuth investigates a sportswriter's death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >