Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE GIRL IN GREEN by Derek B. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A penetrating, poetic, and unexpectedly disarming book about the ageless conflict in the Middle East by a writer who has made that topic his specialty."
Haunted by a Saddam Hussein henchman's coldblooded execution of a young Shiite girl, British war reporter Thomas Benton and ex-GI Arwood Hobbes reunite in Iraq 22 years later to investigate the unlikely possibility that she is alive. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS by Patricia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bites off more than it can possibly chew, then—poof—makes it all go away in the last 20 pages."
When a 10-year-old boy is murdered and a high school teacher is accused of molesting a student, a small Massachusetts town is rocked to its ignorant core. Read full book review >

ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH OF RIGHT NOW by Kara Lee Corthron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A powerhouse of storytelling that feels timely and timeless. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
High school can be hell, but if they can hold onto their friendship, Lily and Dari might just survive…. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF KINGS by Rennie Airth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The fifth in Airth's series (The Reckoning, 2014, etc.) is an intelligent character study conducted at a crawl. The hero's fans will find him as thoughtful and principled as ever, but lovers of heart-pounding whodunits should look elsewhere."
Two ex-detectives' persistence throws new light on an old murder in postwar England. Read full book review >

THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN MOCKER by Donis Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The mystery comes in second (or maybe third) to history lessons and paeans to traditional American values in this folksy tale of small towns and big hearts."
Hardworking farm wife Alafair Tucker unravels more mysterious deaths among her Oklahoma neighbors (All Men Fear Me, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bitto adapts a leisurely storytelling pace that matches the period as she explores with quiet passion both the cost of creative life on family and the definition of family itself."
A first novel from Australia about an artist and his wealthy wife living with their three daughters on the creative edge in hidebound 1930s Melbourne. Read full book review >
KILLING ADONIS by J.M.  Donellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A most unusual mystery, indeed."
A nurse is hired to care for a comatose patient. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role."
Perry (Forty Thieves, 2016, etc.) drives deep into Jack Reacher territory in this stand-alone about a long-ago Army intelligence officer whose less-than-grateful nation just won't let him be. Read full book review >
MYSTERY IN THE CHANNEL by Freeman Wills Crofts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Veterans of golden-age whodunits will know that no one reads Crofts for his prose or his people. But the plot itself is watertight, if not exactly abounding in surprises, and the detection has dated surprisingly little."
A yacht adrift in the English Channel whose only passengers are two dead men poses a challenge for Scotland Yard's Inspector Joseph French in this reprint of a tale first published in 1931. Read full book review >
LIFE IN A FISHBOWL by Len Vlahos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An unsettling rumination on the spectacle of tragedy. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
The members of a white, all-American family become the reluctant subjects of a reality TV show recording father Jared Stone's rapid decline from a brain tumor. Read full book review >
ALMOST AUTUMN by Marianne Kaurin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This feels more like a mood piece for adults than a book for teens; regardless, a subtle, hard-hitting book for readers who have the background to understand its oblique approach. (resources) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Things fall apart for the Stern family over the last few months of 1942 in Oslo, Norway. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >