Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

ONE SUMMER NIGHT by Caridad Pineiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A sexy, fun, yet touching summer read."
Trying to save her family's iconic New York department store, Maggie Sinclair doesn't have time for a love life, especially with Owen Pierce, the son of her father's archenemy, who's the boy she kissed years ago on one dreamy summer night at the Jersey Shore. Read full book review >
HIGHLAND PROMISE by Alyson McLayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining yet frustrating introduction to an extended family of lovelorn Highlanders."
When a Scottish laird rescues a woman from a rival clan in 1452, the pair's connection is immediate. But the secrets she carries could lead to war sooner than anyone expected. Read full book review >

THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE by Kerrigan Byrne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Byrne's sexy scoundrels and complex heroines deliver, as always."
Gavin St. James earned his wicked reputation as a womanizer. Samantha Masters stumbled into hers as an outlaw and murderer. Will fate and mistaken identity allow them to redeem one another? Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2017  by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"With its narrow take on what it means to be American, Sandford's collection seems determined to make the genre great again."
Sandford, creator of the action-packed Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers franchises, reprints 20 tales of murder and mayhem in the latest entry of this Penzler-curated series. Read full book review >
THE OLD WORLD AND OTHER STORIES by Cary Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Fagan's clever and wide-ranging stories put the act of imagining front and center."
A collection of microfiction takes anonymous photographs as its inspiration. Read full book review >

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"This quirky, complex, and frustrating heroine will win hearts and challenge assumptions about family dysfunction and mental illness in a life-affirming story that redefines what's normal."
With the help of unusual houseguests, a teenage girl who tries to rebel by airing her family's dirty laundry cleans up her act instead. Read full book review >
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS by Juliet Lyons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A tad superficial, but at least it doesn't take itself too seriously."
A woman gives up on human men to give vampires a try, namely in the form of a hot, blond, and fanged detective. Read full book review >
FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by John Lawton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Burgess makes a delicious antagonist in this eighth installment in the franchise (A Lily of the Field, 2010, etc.). Lawton, who writes with rueful acumen, puts a human face on the moral and political complexities of the Cold War."
The treason of the Cambridge Five, and especially Guy Burgess, casts a long shadow over the life of Scotland Yard's Inspector Troy. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND PAPER BIRDS by Tor  Udall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A quirky debut novel, heartfelt in its portrayal of human emotions, pleasantly surprising, but slightly overdone."
Five characters—two of whom are ghosts—are linked, in part, by the time they spend at Kew Gardens in London. Read full book review >
THE VINEYARD by María Dueñas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though sometimes buckling under its own weight, this sprawling tale will charm fans of historical romance."
When Mauro Larrea is bankrupted by a business deal shattered by the American Civil War, he embarks on a great adventure to build his fortunes anew. Read full book review >
PARIS IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Mark Helprin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A masterpiece filled with compassion and humanity. Perfect for the pure pleasure of reading."
A modern-day story of love, music, and death, with echoes of the Nazi retreat in World War II France. Read full book review >
IRONFOOT by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants."
A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed. 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 >