Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

MEPHISTO WALTZ by Frank Tallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Tallis' seventh period mystery is his most intricate and ambitious yet. A lengthy historical note is eye-opening and offers multiple avenues for further reading."
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a police inspector and a progressive psychiatrist team up again to track a brilliant, homicidal anarchist. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Guillory's debut is a mix of romance and raunch that will charm rom-com fans."
A fake romance starts becoming surprisingly real. Read full book review >

SHE REGRETS NOTHING by Andrea Dunlop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Dunlop's attempt to combine the tone of Patricia Highsmith with the cast of Sex and the City comes across as rancid, not rakish."
A social-climbing sociopath from Michigan manipulates rich Manhattan relatives—and everyone else—to get what she wants in Dunlop's second novel (Losing the Light, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
A TIME OF LOVE AND TARTAN by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Shorter and less digressive than earlier installments, with most of the complications wrapped up in an even more suspiciously tidy way than usual. But readers who've come to know and love these characters can only rejoice in their rescue from trivial problems that can suddenly balloon to monstrous size."
Momentous crises loom for several denizens of 44 Scotland St. and environs—and this time, a few of them find momentous resolutions. Read full book review >
A DEATH IN LIVE OAK by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Tackling racism, white supremacists, and a generations-old lynching, the book is admirably heartfelt and humane. But the forces of evil are cartoons, the subplot feels tacked on, and the conclusion is unsatisfying on every level."
Racial tensions come to a murderous boil at the University of Florida, Jack Swyteck's beloved alma mater, in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. Read full book review >

THE GLASS FOREST by Cynthia Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"More soapy than suspenseful."
A young mother navigates the secrets her handsome husband seems to be hiding after his brother commits suicide in Swanson's (The Bookseller, 2015) second novel. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful."
A look at the personal toll of the criminal justice system from the author of Silver Sparrow (2011) and The Untelling (2005). Read full book review >
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A tour de force."
In 1974, a troubled Vietnam vet inherits a house from a fallen comrade and moves his family to Alaska. Read full book review >
HOW TO STOP TIME by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An engaging story framed by a brooding meditation on time and meaning."
In this new novel by Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive, 2016), a man of extraordinarily long life deals with a painfully ordinary question: what is it we live for? Read full book review >
LOOK FOR ME  by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite Gardner's considerable research into the foster-care system, her plot is a tired one populated with cardboard characters and twists any savvy reader will see coming a mile away."
The execution-style murders of a family and the disappearance of their eldest daughter once again bring together a seasoned homicide detective and a kidnap victim-turned-vigilante to find the killer. Read full book review >
GOING FOR A BEER by Robert Coover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"What was once daring may now seem a little tame, but Coover's influence endures, and this collection provides good evidence for why that should be so."
A gathering of short stories by Coover (Huck out West, 2017, etc.), the pioneering maven of postmodern experimentalism. Read full book review >
THE MASTERPIECE by Francine  Rivers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Fans of Christian romance will delight in this tale of salvation through love."
A highly sought-after artist by day and clandestine graffiti prankster by night, Roman Velasco has shut his heart—until Grace Moore shows up on his doorstep. 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 >