Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

TAILORED FOR TROUBLE by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An interesting concept and a strong start but ultimately disappointing."
After a billionaire causes a human resources specialist to lose her job when she calls him out for being a jerk, he hires her as a consultant. She never expects to fall in love with him. Read full book review >
HARD RULES  by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment."
First in a new contemporary romance series that brings together two powerful families on opposing sides of the law. Read full book review >

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot."
Behind the facade of a perfect English marriage, a woman is held prisoner by her dashing husband. Read full book review >
WHO WILL CATCH US AS WE FALL by Iman Verjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A unique, powerful voice in African literature."
When Leena Kohli returns home to Kenya after three years in London, she's forced to reckon with the personal and national trauma that forced her abroad. Read full book review >
THE PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR by Stephen Metcalfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Metcalfe's novel is at its best in portraying everyday moments as the parent of an autistic child."
A single father is at professional, familial, and romantic crossroads simultaneously. Read full book review >

LORD OF THE DARKWOOD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"While this volume lacks the action sequences and high drama of its predecessors, Hearn continues to explore issues of fate, love, moral failure, and moral redemption through characters both archetypal and heartbreakingly believable."
The third installment of Hearn's four-part series about mythical medieval Japan offers a relatively less violent hiatus while characters recover from—or succumb to—the emotional, spiritual, and political upheavals they survived in the previous episodes (Dragon Child, 2016, etc.) before they confront their destinies in the final volume. Read full book review >
I'LL SELL YOU A DOG by Juan Pablo Villalobos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A wry, sardonic romp made even more vibrant by its various satires and absurdities."
A novel of retirement, regret, and revolution in Mexico City. Read full book review >
GESELL DOME by Guillermo Saccomanno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Cynical and funny: a yarn worthy of a place alongside Cortázar and Donoso."
"He was swollen, deformed, nibbled by fish." And that's one of the luckier residents of Argentine novelist Saccomanno's infernal seaside-resort city, where not much good ever happens. Read full book review >
COOKING FOR PICASSO by Camille Aubray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An amuse-bouche filled with secret ingredients, covert liaisons, and hidden compartments."
In 1936, young Ondine Belange's parents give her a mission: deliver lunch daily from their Café Paradis to a reclusive man renting a nearby villa. They swear her to silence, for the patron's name is Pablo Picasso. Read full book review >
RESULTS MAY VARY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A novel that doles out both laughter and tears, in the best possible ratio."
A woman learns to rebuild her life after a shocking revelation shakes her to the core. Read full book review >
MR. ETERNITY by Aaron Thier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Erudite. Imaginative. A work to be read slowly and savored."
Thier (The Ghost Apple, 2014) sends Daniel Defoe, a 560-year-old Spaniard, wandering across centuries as the world wages wars, civilizations are raped, and human societies are swamped by global warming. Read full book review >
THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Full of memorable character portraits and incisive observations on wealth and social class, this stylish departure by the author of the long-running Jim Stringer series (Night Train to Jamalpur, 2014, etc.) is full of droll humor."
When a veteran detective is shot while on special assignment, uncovering the truth involves layers of deceit and secrets that might be best left unrevealed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >