Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

LEANING ON THIN AIR by Charles Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2017

"Mad Men never had this kind of fun."
Rubin (I'll Get Right Back to You and Other Annoyances, 2010, etc.) takes on the summer of 1969 from an unusual perspective: that of a maverick ad writer. Read full book review >
THE BURIAL HOUR by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"As even Lord Peter Wimsey demonstrated, a detective's entitled to a break during his honeymoon. Expect Rhyme and Company to be back to fighting strength by next year."
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Steel Kiss, 2016, etc.) celebrates his nuptials by matching wits with perhaps the most dull-witted of his many opponents: a serial kidnapper whose crimes seem as toothless as they are motiveless. Read full book review >

GIFTED by John Daniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An insightful though rambling stroll through the wilderness of adolescence and the Oregon woods."
Lyrical evocations of nature clash with shocking revelations of human nature in this coming-of-age story set in and around the deep woods of western Oregon in the 1990s. Read full book review >
OFTEN I AM HAPPY by Jens Christian Grøndahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Although the book is a tad sentimental, it possesses quiet grace."
A simple, melancholic tale of love, loss, grief, and friendship. Read full book review >
THE HUNGER SAINT by Olivia Kate Cerrone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A well-crafted and affecting literary tale about a young Italian miner."
A debut novella tells the story of child workers laboring in Sicily's sulfur mines. Read full book review >

BLAMELESS by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Like war itself, this novel reveals its ineffable mysteries though it resists being understood too easily."
Through an accumulation of devastating details, an Italian novel made up of stories within stories reveals truths about World War II and its aftermath that many (in the novel as well as in real life) would prefer to keep buried. Read full book review >
THE PLAINS by Gerald Murnane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A provocative, delightful, diverting must-reread."
A man travels to Australia's interior plains planning to make a film about the region's people and culture, but mostly he ruminates in this wry, evocative novel. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND BELONGING by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This third installment from Delany (We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, 2016, etc.) relies less on mystery than on moral outrage at the nasty business of human smuggling."
A romantic getaway almost ruins a policeman's marriage. Read full book review >
IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L.  Rio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you."
For a clique of aspiring Shakespearean actors at an elite arts academy, the line between performance and reality dissolves, with disastrous results. Read full book review >
SOULS OF MEN by A.R.  Ashworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The characterization is thin, and the violence against women goes well past gritty into gratuitous. Worthwhile only for thriller addicts with too much time on their hands."
DI Elaine Hope gets a promotion to DCI and a chance at romance in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
ALICE AND THE ASSASSIN by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The first daughter's lively personality, her chemistry with her Secret Service agent, and Koreto's (Death Among Rubies, 2016, etc.) detailed knowledge of turn-of-the century New York City make for an entertaining series debut."
Determined young Alice Roosevelt investigates the killing of her father Theodore's predecessor, William McKinley. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR CASH by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Chase's loyalty to her damsel in distress-turned-hero pattern makes this sophomore outing more or less indistinguishable from her debut and from many other entries in its subgenre."
A New Orleans pet clothing designer has her hands full balancing a murder investigation with the well-being of two Siamese cats who come into her care. 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 >