Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE GIFT by Barbara Browning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A delicious love letter to readers and co-conspirators everywhere."
In this exquisite meditation on gift-giving, intimacy, the body, and performance, Browning (I'm Trying to Reach You, 2012, etc.) dashes the boundaries between autofiction and novel and offers daring readers something more intimate and muscular than a mere book. Read full book review >
MEN WITHOUT WOMEN by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Not groundbreaking but certainly vintage Murakami: a little arch, a little tired, but always elegant."
"Our relationship isn't exactly…normal": as ever, a glimpse into the strange worlds people invent by the always inventive Murakami (Absolutely on Music: Conversations, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

BLOOD WORK by Michael Lister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Set aside a block of time to read the 12th in Lister's series (Blood Oath, 2016, etc.), for it may be impossible to put down. Conflicted characters and a shocking solution add up to an enthralling experience."
A Florida prison chaplain with investigative experience reopens an ice-cold case that will change his life forever. Read full book review >
A TWISTED VENGEANCE by Candace Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The heroine's second adventure, a complicated mystery set against the turmoil that led to the War of the Roses, is most likely to appeal to fans of serious historical intrigue."
As King Richard II and his cousin Henry of Lancaster jostle for power, a widow caught between them struggles to support her family. Read full book review >
SYCAMORE by Bryn Chancellor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Though the author comes up with a deft, plausible resolution to her complicated narrative, it's not enough to save this overwritten effort."
The disappearance of a teenage girl casts a pall over a small Arizona town in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THERE YOUR HEART LIES by Mary Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An emotionally and historically rich work with a strong character portrait holding together its disparate parts."
Shifting points in time and points of view reveal a young woman shaped by the zealotry that can emanate from family, faith, or war. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A passably entertaining whodunit with very few surprises."
Quick, who is Jayne Ann Krentz in thriller mode, moves her setting from Victorian London ('Til Death Do Us Part, 2016, etc.) to golden-age Hollywood. Read full book review >
WOMAN NO. 17 by Edan Lepucki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Always enjoyable if not always believable, this novel succeeds by staying light on its feet. Or, as one character puts it, 'Please don't monetize my bunny.'"
In the Hollywood Hills, a smart, damaged mother of two hires a nanny so she can work on a memoir—but the younger woman is no less a piece of work than she is and intent on an art project of her own. Read full book review >
THE WORLDS WE THINK WE KNOW by Dalia Rosenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This collection charms with quiet, wry humor."
Stories about Jewish life—in all its painful absurdity—in the United States and in Israel. Read full book review >
THE PLAY OF DEATH by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Pötzsch's (The Castle of Kings, 2016, etc.) sixth tale from the Hangman's Daughter series chronicles another provocative mystery in an uncommon setting."
In the shadow of Bavaria's Kofel Mountain, "that old demon," Venetian dwarves, family rivalries, xenophobia, and greed make a witch's brew of murders. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE HUMAN by Paula Cocozza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A singular love story of dominance and betrayal, this novel sets the tone for what will hopefully be a long and strange literary career."
A debut novel from Guardian feature writer Cocozza, this disquieting story details the obsessive romance between a woman and a fox. Read full book review >
SPELLS by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The novel holds together surprisingly well considering the unusual genesis and process."
A novel that was created by the author in response to a selection of images taken by five photographers from around the country. 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 >