Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY by Rachel Lyon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Fearless and sharp."
When an ambitious young photographer captures an unthinkable tragedy—and creates an accidental masterpiece in the process—she is forced to make a choice that will define her future. Read full book review >
HOUSE WITNESS  by Mike Lawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Eminently predictable in its larger contours—but the devil is in the details, and Lawson's details are unfailingly devilish, right down to the very last twist. A perfect candidate for in-flight entertainment for readers confident that their seatmates can't possibly be carrying."
Veteran fixer Joe DeMarco, who's never met a problem he couldn't solve by hook or by crook, goes up against a criminal as canny and resourceful as he is. Read full book review >

SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An outstanding science-fiction novel hobbled by its rushed story structure."
Colonists land on a planet with unexpected sentient species in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
GOOD NEIGHBORS by Joanne Serling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A spicy stew of suburban discontent is diluted by the thinness of its characters."
An international adoption falters, splintering a coterie of rich suburban friends. Read full book review >
CHILD OF A MAD GOD by R.A. Salvatore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Enjoyable and addictive, flaws and all."
Salvatore kicks off a new fantasy sequence set in the world of Corona (Immortalis, 2003, etc.) but with only passing references to persons and events from previous adventures. Read full book review >

THE UNFORGOTTEN by Laura Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A satisfying mystery as well as a complex portrait of the effects of emotional trauma and mental illness."
Cornwall, 1956: a young woman is drawn to an older man who's come to investigate a string of murders in Powell's debut psychological thriller. Read full book review >
DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE by Susan Bishop Crispell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A pleasantly sweet tale about true love, fate, and family."
A woman runs a magical chocolate shop in this heartwarming story from Crispell (The Secret Ingredient of Wishes, 2016). Read full book review >
EMPTY SET by Verónica Gerber Bicecci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Within the deliberately fractured text, themes echo and time folds and unfolds. A spare, artfully constructed meditation on loss, both personal and national."
Set in Mexico and Argentina, Bicecci's debut novel concerns itself with time, disappearance, Venn diagrams, and the circularity of the universe. Read full book review >
NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by Chanel Cleeton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A love story and an homage to the history of the Cuban people, the latter significantly overshadowing the former."
"My grandmother loved a revolutionary," says Marisol Ferrera, returning to Cuba 60 years after her family fled the island only to find herself falling for another attractive rebel. Read full book review >
ONLY CHILD by Rhiannon Navin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A powerful exercise in empathy and perspective."
The aftermath of a school shooting, told from the point of view of a first-grader who hid with his class in a closet while his 10-year-old brother and 18 others were massacred. Read full book review >
PRAGUE NOIR by Pavel Mandys
edited by Pavel Mandys, translated by Miriam Margala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Perhaps nowhere but Prague do vice and enchantment live at such close quarters, and Mandys' collection captures both beautifully. A lovely addition to Akashic's venerable series."
Murder and mayhem erupt, even in fairy-tale Prague. Read full book review >
MEPHISTO WALTZ by Frank Tallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Tallis' seventh period mystery is his most intricate and ambitious yet. A lengthy historical note is eye-opening and offers multiple avenues for further reading."
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a police inspector and a progressive psychiatrist team up again to track a brilliant, homicidal anarchist. 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 >