Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

JUST LIKE FEBRUARY by Deborah  Batterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"An ultimately optimistic and hopeful novel about growing up amid personal and political disarray."
Batterman's (Because My Name is Mother, 2012, etc.) novel tells the story of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, New York, as upheaval in America mirrors the chaos in her own home. Read full book review >
CIRCE by Madeline Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Miller makes Homer pertinent to women facing 21st-century monsters."
A retelling of ancient Greek lore gives exhilarating voice to a witch. Read full book review >

GATEWAY TO THE MOON by Mary Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"At its best, this historical novel achieves affecting, poetic notes, its vignettes illuminating one thread of the Jewish Diaspora."
A terrible history of suffering and oppression, traced from the Spanish Inquisition to modern-day New Mexico, is exposed through the generations of a single family. Read full book review >
UNBURY CAROL by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"With another fascinating novel that traffics in strange and transporting states of being, Malerman (Black Mad Wheel, 2017, etc.) again defies categories and comparisons with other writers."
In a surreal, Wild West take on Sleeping Beauty, storied outlaw James Moxie must save his one-time lover Carol Evers from being buried alive. Read full book review >
COVE by Cynan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"It'd be cruel to wish Jones punished his castaway further, but his tale cries out for a broader canvas."
A man reckons with nature and memory after being struck by lightning at sea. Read full book review >

ECSTASY by Mary Sharratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers will enjoy forming their own opinions on who was really the victim here."
The early years of thwarted artist Alma Mahler, a still-controversial woman. Read full book review >
EVENTIDE by Therese Bohman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Intelligent, impassioned, and compelling, Bohman's latest explores complex inner worlds with great sensitivity and insight."
A perceptive novel about early-middle-age angst as an art history professor realizes the constraints on her sexual and professional lives. Read full book review >
MACBETH  by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare's great tragedies remains, whether it's updated or not."
The reigning king of Scandinavian noir (The Thirst, 2017, etc.) updates the Scottish play. Read full book review >
LIZZIE by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Startling, visceral, and heartbreaking. (author's note) (Fiction. 15-adult)"
The story of Lizzie Borden, creatively reimagined and set in the 21st century. Read full book review >
WRATH OF THE FURY BLADE by Geoff  Habiger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"This rich fusion of crime and fantasy should enchant readers."
A killer targets high-ranking victims in a society of elves obsessed with genetic purity. Read full book review >
SCOT FREE by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2018

"McPherson, a master of creepy psychological mysteries (House.Tree.Person, 2017, etc.), shows an utterly different side of herself in this zany series kickoff."
A Scottish lass comes to California, where murder, mishaps, and misunderstandings ensue. Read full book review >
FICTION CAN BE MURDER  by Becky  Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2018

"The charming heroine and the supporting cast shine in Clark's fun and funny solo mystery debut (co-author: Marshmallow Mayhem, 2015, etc.), which doesn't take anyone too seriously in the best way possible."
A murder mystery comes to life when a literary agent is killed in the manner of her author's latest book. 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 >