Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

ROUGH ANIMALS by Rae DelBianco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Man, this 'redneck kid author' can write."
When a feral 14-year-old girl kills four of his cattle, a Utah rancher not so much older than she chases her into the physical and spiritual wilderness for 12 blood-soaked days. Read full book review >
THE ONE YOU CAN'T FORGET by Roni Loren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Loren's second title in a series that revolves around survivors of a high school shooting (The Ones Who Got Away, 2018) maintains the complexity and emotional intensity that earned the first book huge acclaim but never loses its way as a sexy, captivating romance."
Divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt has a demanding job and emotional baggage; she's aiming for partner in her father's firm and helping on his election campaign. Getting involved with the has-been chef she helped ruin is not a good idea even if he's smart, sexy, and just what she needs. Read full book review >

MUST LOVE BABIES by Lynnette  Austin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"The romance takes a back seat in this sweet but uneventful story of a man who changes his ideas about family, love, and marriage in the face of unexpected responsibilities."
A confirmed bachelor meets an attractive woman and gains temporary custody of his nephew, all in the same night. Read full book review >
US AGAINST YOU by Fredrik Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Backman plays the story for both cynicism and hope, and his skill makes both hard, but not impossible, to resist."
Shockwaves from the incidents in Beartown (2017) shake an economically depressed hockey town in this latest from the author of A Man Called Ove. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR OF SHOES by Spencer Wise
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Though this book can be nuanced and engaging, it's ultimately disappointing."
Since the day of his birth, Boston-born Alex Cohen has been expected to follow in his father's footsteps and run the family shoe factory in southern China. Read full book review >

THE PATCHWORK BRIDE by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A gently entertaining yet oddly flat effort from Dallas."
When June balks a month before her wedding to a soldier headed off to the Korean War, her grandmother Ellen tries to help her figure out what to do by telling her stories about an old friend's adventures in love. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER  by Caridad Pineiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Another visit to Sea Kiss will charm romance fans."
Years after a failed summer fling, Jonathan and Connie are thrown together again. Their attraction is alive and well, but their fundamental differences are still getting in the way. Aren't they? Read full book review >
THE SWORD OF JUSTICE by Leif G.W. Persson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"His detective isn't the most pleasant of company, but Persson's wry commentaries on contemporary Swedish life make for pleasing entertainment."
More Scandinavian murder mayhem from Swedish novelist/criminologist Persson (The Dying Detective, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
FLORIDA by Lauren Groff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun."
In 11 electric short stories, the gifted Groff (Fates and Furies, 2015, etc.) unpacks the "dread and heat" of her home state. Read full book review >
LONDON RULES by Mick Herron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Herron shows once again that the United Kingdom's intelligence community is every bit as dysfunctional and alarmingly funny as Bill James' cops and robbers."
A sixth round of troubles for the slow horses of Slough House, where burned-out, compromised, or incompetent members of Her Majesty's intelligence community have been banished (Spook Street, 2017, etc.), pits them against a group of terrorists who seem to be working from MI5's own playbook. Read full book review >
PLUM RAINS by Andromeda Romano-Lax
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A well-written, entertaining novel that both enacts and subverts the tropes of android fiction."
A Filipino care worker's livelihood is threatened by an android in future Japan. Read full book review >
A STONE'S THROW by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"The detective work is unspectacular but conscientious, absorbing, and believable, and the unblinking heroine's clearheaded first-person narrative is never less than appealing."
Upstate New York reporter Ellie Stone's trip to a burning barn takes her outside her comfort zone in more ways than one. 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 >