Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

FINE, FINE, FINE, FINE, FINE by Diane Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not everyone's cup of tea to be sure, but a pleasing foray in short-short fiction."
Centrifugal stories, supershort and superpithy, by avant-gardist Williams. Read full book review >
COCONUT COWBOY by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Dorsey's 19th keeps the body count low but the energy high as he proves again that enough is enough, but too much is plenty."
Demonstrating that his encyclopedic knowledge of Florida history and his ability to transform obsession into a thing of beauty reach north past Daytona, Serge Storms takes his stoner pal Coleman on a pilgrimage through the Sunshine State's panhandle. Read full book review >

A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Ebullient persiflage spiced with high-level intrigue, a covey of double and triple agents, and enough action scenes for a summer movie. Eat your heart out, James Bond."
The chronicler of Georgia folklorist Fever Devilin (December's Thorn, 2013, etc.) turns to the dawn of Christopher Marlowe's espionage career.Read full book review >
THE BLUE LINE by Ingrid Betancourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The old problem of free will and predestination gets a good workout, but Betancourt's novel is less satisfying than her 2010 memoir Even Silence Has an End."
Erstwhile Colombian politician Betancourt (Until Death Do Us Part, 2002, etc.) tries her hand at a kind of watery magical realism in this debut novel.Read full book review >
CITY OF BLADES by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Sometimes too talky but richly detailed and expertly plotted. A grand entertainment."
"Don't forget, it was their choice to get involved in this war": Fantasian Bennett builds another world, convincingly, in which empires rise and fall and blood flows. Read full book review >

THE EX by Alafair Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"If readers are lucky enough, snarky Olivia will snag another convoluted case and make additional appearances up the road."
A sassy New York City attorney defends an old love who may—or may not—have killed the man responsible for his wife's death. Read full book review >
LOVE IN LOWERCASE by Francesc Miralles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfyingly quaint romance."
A series of surprising events lends a solitary bachelor a second chance at love. Read full book review >
RIVER OF INK by Paul M.M. Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Ambitious and interesting. Cooper's book has its merits, but read Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights for more assured storytelling."
Just ask Scheherazade: it's a dangerous business being bard to a king. Read full book review >
GIRL THROUGH GLASS by Sari Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This portrayal of a ballerina's transformation and sacrifice burns with the beauty of fire: it's powerful, it's destructive, and it dares you to try and look away."
Wilson's debut novel weaves together the past and present of one dancer's life: first, as a young girl in 1970s New York forgoing her childhood to become an elite ballerina, and then as an adult trying to rebuild her life in the wake of her accumulated sacrifices. Read full book review >
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Artful, original, insightful. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
After a young girl is left to fend for herself in World War II Poland, she stumbles upon an intriguing gentleman who she hopes will guide her out of the emerging chaos of war. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICAN GROWTH by Robert J. Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A masterful study to be read and reread by anyone interested in today's political economy."
A comprehensive analysis of "one of the most fundamental questions about American economic history." Read full book review >
THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >