Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

FREEMAN'S by John Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A motley collection of superb writing."
Essays, stories, and poems about power, from the personal to the political and back again. Read full book review >
ANNIVERSARIES by Uwe Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A rich book to be read slowly and thoughtfully, from a writer too little known today."
"Das war es denn wohl. That takes care of that." An overstuffed masterwork of late European modernism by German writer Johnson (1934-1984). Read full book review >

A YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY MOMENTS by Bette Lee Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A sweet novel that aims to remind readers that the best moments in life may sometimes be the most ordinary."
In International Book Award-winningnovelist Crosby's (The Summer of New Beginnings, 2018, etc.) continuation of her Magnolia Grove series, a woman focuses on building a life for herself and her hearing-impaired son when the past comes knocking at her door.Read full book review >
DEMOLITION NIGHT by Ross Barkan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"A funky sci-fi satire with something for everyone, but perhaps not quite what they expected."
A time-traveling insurgent makes plans to kill the mother of an authoritarian president in this acid satire of commerce, society, and social media. Read full book review >
DUTY TO WARN by Sara Kersting
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"A provocative exploration of the ethics of mental health counseling."
Two psychologists wrestle with the ghosts in a troubled patient's life and their own. Read full book review >

THE LIGHTNING JAR  by Christian  Felt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Alternately unnerving and heartwarming, this book's evocation of family life is compelling stuff."
The stories in Felt's collection tap into the mysteries of childhood, incorporating folklore, ghost stories, and Mormonism along the way. Read full book review >
GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY by Daisy  Pettles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"A spirited beginning to a new mystery series that's haunted with humor."
Senior sleuths search for ghosts, gold, and a missing dachshund in Indiana. Read full book review >
FIRE AND RAIN by Lucille Lang Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2018

"A captivating and visceral portrait of the California landscape by a talented cast of poets."
A sprawling poetry anthology explores California's ecology. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS by Tom  Minder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2018

"An enjoyable crime novel that will make readers hope for future volumes of the series."
In this second book in the Long Harbor mystery series, Minder (The Long Harbor Testament, 2017) looks at various characters who are all lured by the promise of easy money. Read full book review >
LOVE IS BLIND by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2018

"All for Love or The Road Not Taken might have served as alternate titles for this largely good-humored, not especially deep-digging, quality entertainment."
Romance, deceit, revenge, missed opportunities, and piano-tuning are the central themes of an immersive new novel from a much-praised British writer. Read full book review >
UNNATURAL HABITATS & OTHER STORIES by Angela  Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2018

"Engaging stories that highlight extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people."
Debut author Mitchell offers a collection of seven Arkansas-based tales that explore the somber sides of marriage, familial relationships, and everyday life. Read full book review >
GREENHORNS by Richard Slotkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2018

"Painful, riveting, personal, and powerfully universal."
Historian and novelist Slotkin (The Long Road to Antietam, 2012, etc.) writes more personally in these linked semifictional stories based on his ancestors' immigration from Eastern Europe early in the 20th century. 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 >