Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

INTO THE FIRE  by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"There's always so much to admire in Moon's work that, even when she's not fully engaged, readers will be gratified."
In this sequel to Cold Welcome (2017), itself part of a long-standing military science-fiction series, ex-Adm. Ky Vatta must confront a murderous conspiracy against her family and the government of her home planet, Slotter Key. Read full book review >
THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy  Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A grim and unbearably tense debut chiller with an unexpected and utterly fitting finale."
A lonely British schoolteacher falls for an American man incarcerated for the murder of a young woman. What could possibly go wrong? Read full book review >

ASYMMETRY by Lisa Halliday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A singularly conceived graft of one narrative upon another; what grows out of these conjoined stories is a beautiful reflection of life and art."
Two seemingly unrelated novellas form one delicately joined whole in this observant debut. Read full book review >
THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A colorful but confusing and ultimately disappointing work by a great writer."
Sex, money, scandal, and power dance through this uneven tale of gossip and politics among the high-enders and media lowlifes of Lima, Peru. Read full book review >
THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS by Janet Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fascinating look at an underexplored chapter of American history."
In the 1940s, Americans—many of them with no idea what they're doing—work together to create an atomic bomb. Read full book review >

BY THE BOOK by Julia Sonneborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This decidedly filmable update of the classic romance—without zombies or vampires—will charm lovers of Jane Austen and chick lit alike."
Professor Anne Corey is stunned to learn that her ex-fiance has been hired as Fairfax College's new president. Her troubles are only beginning. Read full book review >
STICKLE ISLAND by Tim Orchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An English social comedy that begins with promise but fails to develop into a fully satisfying novel."
When government cuts threaten isolated Stickle Island, locals get creative to preserve their way of life. Read full book review >
THIS FALLEN PREY by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Armstrong continues to expand the highly original Rockton world, focusing this time more on the precipitating events rather than the overarching series back story."
A reclusive sanctuary community plays reluctant host to a dangerous criminal who appears to collude with one of their own to extend his murderous spree. Read full book review >
THE B-TEAM by Melodie Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Less fully realized than Campbell's last rapid read (Worst Date Ever, 2017), with a skeletal back story that may make readers feel that they've jumped into the middle of a series instead of devouring a stand-alone."
While trying to reunite a diamond necklace with its former owner, a vigilante ignores her suspicions about the fairness of the case, to the detriment of her colleagues in nonprofessional justice. Read full book review >
ONE MORE PROMISE  by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An entertaining, affecting rock-star romance."
When Dylan Anders, rock star and recovering alcoholic, meets public relations rep Paige Walters, there's immediate professional and sexual tension between them. Read full book review >
THE LAST WOLF  by Maria Vale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A wonderfully descriptive paranormal romance that breathes some much-needed life into the subgenre."
Two lonely outsiders risk health and home to find love amid danger. Read full book review >
AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN by Susan Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Stark realism offset by unreasonable optimism."
In the final year of the Great War, an American family copes with the Spanish flu pandemic. 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 >