Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD by Deb Caletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A timely novel with strong secondary characters that emphasizes the complexities of the heart and doing what is right. (Fiction. 14-adult) "
Annabelle Agnelli runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to outrun a traumatizing incident that occurred less than a year earlier. Read full book review >
THE FOURTEENTH OF SEPTEMBER by Rita  Dragonette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An often fresh take on the collegiate anti-war movement in small-town America."
In this debut novel, a college student on a U.S. Army nursing scholarship joins the anti-Vietnam War movement. Read full book review >

REBELS AGAINST TYRANNY by Helena P. Schrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"An exciting royal adventure with a large cast."
In Schrader's (The Last Crusader Kingdom, 2017, etc.) historical novel,the Ibelin family fights to protect their honor and their position against a tyrannical Holy Emperor in 13th-century Cyprus and the Middle East.Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF VULTURES by Susan  Wingate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A bleak but undeniably affecting family tale."
A couple's misery over their drug-addicted daughter's overdose soon sparks retribution against the men they blame for her death in this thriller. Read full book review >
WARNINGS FROM THE FUTURE by Ethan Chatagnier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Chatagnier is at his best when plumbing the emotional depths of ordinary lives rather than musing about the origins and value of art."
An eclectic cast of characters populates Chatagnier's debut collection. Read full book review >

DIVORCE, DOG STYLE by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Unlikable characters and dog death populate this underwhelming tale."
A man visits an ex-lover dealing with divorce and grief the day her dog is being put to sleep. Read full book review >
FINDING HER HEART by Donna Wittlif
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2018

"Allie's journey will charm Christian audiences looking for a sweet, faith-bolstering romance, if they can forgive some amateurish flaws in the writing and storytelling."
Allie starts life with her aunt and uncle in the middle of the woods, and after years of tumult, finally begins to find joy, friendship, and maybe love when she opens her heart to God and her enormous potential as an artist. Read full book review >
DICKENSEN ACADEMY by Christine  Grabowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"An enjoyable teen fantasy involving a school for telepathy."
A debut YA novel tells the story of a boarding school with a strange secret. Read full book review >
LAST CALL by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"A familiar but action-packed whodunit."
A bar owner takes on the role of detective in the first installment of Kirsch's (The Big Job, 2018, etc.) new mystery series. Read full book review >
SHADOW TYRANTS by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Readers probably won't lie awake worrying whether all this could really happen. Fast-moving, implausible fun."
Ancient knowledge and present-day evildoers threaten the world order in the latest entry in Cussler and Morrison's Oregon series (Typhoon Fury, 2017).Read full book review >
STRIKE YOUR HEART by Amélie Nothomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This razor-sharp morality tale can be read in an afternoon but contains a lifetime of wisdom about how we cope with the weaknesses of those closest to us."
From France: The life of an exceptional woman is cursed and blessed from the start by her mother's failures. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN'S WAR by C.P.  Boyko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Ironic, absurd, pedantic, graphic, tragic, beautiful, surprising, nuanced, polyphonic, exhausting, and unmistakably genius—Boyko's latest has its flaws, but oh boy does it capture the cacophonic slide toward personal and societal incoherence."
In his fourth collection, Boyko (Novelists, 2014, etc.) plumbs for absurdities in war, childhood, parenthood, politics, revolution, and campus demonstrations. 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 >