Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

CLOTHED, FEMALE FIGURE by Kirstin Allio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Marvels of craft and insight."
First collection by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of Garner (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Read full book review >
THE PARIS LIBRARIAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More cerebral than Pryor's earlier cases (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), but fans will still find plenty of action."
A Paris librarian's death is just the start of a series of mysterious occurrences. Read full book review >

TAILORED FOR TROUBLE by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An interesting concept and a strong start but ultimately disappointing."
After a billionaire causes a human resources specialist to lose her job when she calls him out for being a jerk, he hires her as a consultant. She never expects to fall in love with him. Read full book review >
HARD RULES  by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment."
First in a new contemporary romance series that brings together two powerful families on opposing sides of the law. Read full book review >
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot."
Behind the facade of a perfect English marriage, a woman is held prisoner by her dashing husband. Read full book review >

WHO WILL CATCH US AS WE FALL by Iman Verjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A unique, powerful voice in African literature."
When Leena Kohli returns home to Kenya after three years in London, she's forced to reckon with the personal and national trauma that forced her abroad. Read full book review >
THE PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR by Stephen Metcalfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Metcalfe's novel is at its best in portraying everyday moments as the parent of an autistic child."
A single father is at professional, familial, and romantic crossroads simultaneously. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE DARKWOOD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"While this volume lacks the action sequences and high drama of its predecessors, Hearn continues to explore issues of fate, love, moral failure, and moral redemption through characters both archetypal and heartbreakingly believable."
The third installment of Hearn's four-part series about mythical medieval Japan offers a relatively less violent hiatus while characters recover from—or succumb to—the emotional, spiritual, and political upheavals they survived in the previous episodes (Dragon Child, 2016, etc.) before they confront their destinies in the final volume. Read full book review >
I'LL SELL YOU A DOG by Juan Pablo Villalobos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A wry, sardonic romp made even more vibrant by its various satires and absurdities."
A novel of retirement, regret, and revolution in Mexico City. Read full book review >
GESELL DOME by Guillermo Saccomanno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Cynical and funny: a yarn worthy of a place alongside Cortázar and Donoso."
"He was swollen, deformed, nibbled by fish." And that's one of the luckier residents of Argentine novelist Saccomanno's infernal seaside-resort city, where not much good ever happens. Read full book review >
COOKING FOR PICASSO by Camille Aubray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An amuse-bouche filled with secret ingredients, covert liaisons, and hidden compartments."
In 1936, young Ondine Belange's parents give her a mission: deliver lunch daily from their Café Paradis to a reclusive man renting a nearby villa. They swear her to silence, for the patron's name is Pablo Picasso. Read full book review >
RESULTS MAY VARY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A novel that doles out both laughter and tears, in the best possible ratio."
A woman learns to rebuild her life after a shocking revelation shakes her to the core. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >