Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE VINEYARD by María Dueñas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though sometimes buckling under its own weight, this sprawling tale will charm fans of historical romance."
When Mauro Larrea is bankrupted by a business deal shattered by the American Civil War, he embarks on a great adventure to build his fortunes anew. Read full book review >
PARIS IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Mark Helprin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A masterpiece filled with compassion and humanity. Perfect for the pure pleasure of reading."
A modern-day story of love, music, and death, with echoes of the Nazi retreat in World War II France. Read full book review >

IRONFOOT by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants."
A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ADÈLE BEDEAU by Graeme Macrae Burnet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Dreary but worth reading for its insight into its sad, flawed, and sometimes-repellent characters."
A waitress's disappearance pits a dogged detective against a man trapped by his own falsehoods.
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THE SUMMER THAT MADE US by Robyn Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"It sounds like a nightmare of a family vacation, but with strong relationship dynamics, juicy secrets, and a heartwarming ending, it's a blissful beach read."
A family in crisis returns to the lake house where, years ago, an unexpected tragedy tore them apart. Read full book review >

RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A stunningly good, understated novel told in a mesmerizing voice."
A young girl disappears outside a small village in northern England. Read full book review >
THE LAST BALLAD by Wiley Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A heartbreaking and beautifully written look at the real people involved in the labor movement."
Inspired by the events of an actual textile-mill strike in 1929, Cash (This Dark Road to Mercy, 2014, etc.) creates a vivid picture of one woman's desperation. Read full book review >
MIS(H)ADRA by Iasmin Omar  Ata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Big and stylish—of particular interest to those dealing with epilepsy or wanting to know more about the condition."
Artist, illustrator, and game designer Ata presents the story of a college student struggling with epilepsy while trying to live a normal life. Read full book review >
TO THE BACK OF BEYOND by Peter Stamm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"In this densely detailed, largely opaque book, the novelist leaves his readers as unmoored as his characters."
A man abandons his family for no discernible reason. Read full book review >
LONDON AND THE SOUTH-EAST by David Szalay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Szalay has written a book about a man who is not unlike the rest of us, a swirling mass of contradictions, of good intentions and less good actions: eager, desperate even, to make the best of circumstance."
Man Booker Prize finalist Szalay's (All That Man Is, 2016, etc.) debut novel, originally published in Britain in 2008, is a satire that turns into something more. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAY OF EMILY LINDSEY by Nic Joseph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Joseph (Boy, 9, Missing, 2016) employs a lot of twists to get to her denouement, watering down some of its impact, and while the story requires some suspension of disbelief, Joseph's prose is smooth enough to keep the pages turning."
Lots of blood but no body kicks off a thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Read full book review >
DEATH ON TAP by Ellie Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Alexander (A Crime of Passion Fruit, 2017, etc.) kicks off a new series that takes the passion for wine-related cozies in a new direction with oodles of beer lore, plenty of pleasant characters, and a stronger mystery than usual."
Beer is king in a Washington town tarted up to look like Oktoberfest on steroids. 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 >