Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This reboot of an ancient story is alternately fiery and plodding, but Tóibín plainly grasps the reasons for its timelessness."
Tóibín, an enthusiast of classic storytelling, from the Bible (The Testament of Mary, 2012) to Henry James (The Master, 2004), this time takes a crack at Greek mythology. Read full book review >
BABYLON BERLIN by Volker Kutscher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The first in a series that's been wildly popular in Germany is an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimer Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism."
Welcome to Berlin in the 1920s: a city filled with vice, violence, greed, corruption, and political mayhem. Read full book review >

SILENT RAIN by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Salvalaggio's fourth installment (Walleye Junction, 2016, etc.) lives up to her talent for dropping unhappy souls into grim circumstances and handing them over to her flawed but capable protagonist to save or arrest."
There are more tricks than treats when a quiet college town bursts into violence on Halloween. Read full book review >
THE RUN-OUT GROOVE by Andrew Cartmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This is one vinyl nerd you won't mind spending time with."
A tracker of rare records goes on the hunt to find out the truth behind the suicide of a 1960s legend and the kidnapping of her child in the second outing of Cartmel's (Written in Dead Wax, 2016) series. Read full book review >
A DOG'S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"More Disney than drama."
In Cameron's (Puppy Tales: A Dog's Purpose Collection, 2016, etc.) sentimental tale, a stray puppy finds a loving home, loses it after running afoul of anti-pit-bull regulations, and then, after being sent into exile, makes a wilderness trek through the Rocky Mountains home to Denver. Read full book review >

LARGE ANIMALS by Jess Arndt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply transgressive, riveting shot out of the gate. Arndt is one to watch."
Teetering between the everyday and the surreal, Arndt's debut collection investigates narratives of the queer body. Read full book review >
THE PURPLE SWAMP HEN AND OTHER STORIES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A treasure trove of fictional gems."
How well do we ever know another person? That's the leitmotif of this witty but piercing new collection by Man Booker winner Lively (Dancing Fish and Ammonites, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
SHTUM by Jem Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Lester's tendency toward preachy platitudes—'without loving myself, I cannot hope to love another'—undercuts the power of his heart-wrenching characters and plot."
An issue-centered novel from former British journalist Lester showcases severe autism from the point of view of a devoted, deeply flawed father. Read full book review >
MOTHER LAND by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A sodden study of domestic resentment."
A well-traveled writer contemplates the long, menacing shadow his mother has cast over his life. Read full book review >
THE USE OF FAME by Cornelia Nixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A predictable plot with characters who fail to evoke sympathy."
In alternating chapters, an unhappy couple reveals their marital woes. Read full book review >
MR. ROCHESTER by Sarah Shoemaker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Reader, this lily needed no gilding."
Puzzling over Rochester, the brooding romantic antihero created by Charlotte Brontë in her classic Jane Eyre, a debut novelist elaborates his back story and adds some new, explanatory developments to the tale. Read full book review >
THE GIFT by Barbara Browning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A delicious love letter to readers and co-conspirators everywhere."
In this exquisite meditation on gift-giving, intimacy, the body, and performance, Browning (I'm Trying to Reach You, 2012, etc.) dashes the boundaries between autofiction and novel and offers daring readers something more intimate and muscular than a mere book. 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 >