Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD by Helene Tursten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"The book is pure fun, although slender. Another volume of Maud's misdeeds would be most welcome."
Five connected stories about a murderous old Swedish lady. Read full book review >
131 DIFFERENT THINGS by Zachary Lipez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A boozy, grungy, alt-rock fable that might as well have a soundtrack by The Replacements."
A dejected bartender pursues his recently returned ex through the dive bars of New York City. Read full book review >

IN THE GALWAY SILENCE by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A tough, tender, sorrowful tour of the Bruen aquarium, with all manner of fantastic creatures swimming in close proximity and touching only the fellow creatures they want to devour. Just don't get too attached to the supporting cast or read this installment just before a trip to Galway."
Bruen's latest dip into the murky waters of Galway kicks off with alcoholic shamus Jack Taylor's literal dip in Claddagh Basin to pull out a man apparently bent on suicide. Things don't go well for either the rescued or the rescuer. Read full book review >
A SHOT IN THE DARK by Lynne Truss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"As in Cat out of Hell (2015), Truss piles up ingenious plot twists, preposterous coincidences, snarky asides, and characters out of P.G. Wodehouse, this time replacing her murderous felines with a setup out of the genre's golden age. Readers who can suspend their disbelief are in for quite a workout."
The shooting of an acerbic reviewer during the premiere of a play at the Theatre Royal opens endless avenues of investigation for the incompetents of the Brighton Constabulary in this effervescent farce. Read full book review >
THE KINSHIP OF SECRETS by Eugenia  Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Though the novel is quiet and occasionally dense with historical exposition, it offers a valuable window into Korean history as well as to issues like immigration and assimilation that couldn't be more relevant today."
Two sisters, estranged by circumstance, seek to forge a bond and understand their individual and shared histories. Read full book review >

THE LATECOMERS by Helen Klein Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Fans of historical fiction will find much to enjoy—a reprise of the well-loved immigrant narrative and a meticulous depiction of early-20th-century life."
The destiny and descendants of a pregnant Irish girl enmesh with those of a blueblood New England family, 1908-2018. Read full book review >
EVENING IN PARADISE by Lucia Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world."
Twenty-two more stories from an author who died in 2004 and made it big in 2015. Read full book review >
WOLVES OF EDEN by Kevin McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"McCarthy has a fine sense of voice and period detail, but it's the well-drawn characters and riveting scenes that make this novel memorable."
This absorbing, dark historical novel tells of two Irish brothers and two Army veterans caught up in a civilian murder amid conflicts with Native Americans in the late 1860s. Read full book review >
STIFF  by Steve Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2018

"Imaginative but leaves little room for the reader's own imagination."
A zany collection that explores alcoholism, modern Detroit, and characters who yearn for "the tender warmth of female companionship." Read full book review >
24 HOURS OF THE PHOENIX by Caroline  Bertaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2018

"Sharp writing, a challenging mystery, and an exceedingly likable protagonist."
A debut novel focuses on a woman who suddenly discovers she is dying. Read full book review >
THIS IS THAT by Susan Taylor Chehak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2018

"A poignant assortment of stylistically daring stories."
A collection of short stories centered on the complications of love and the disorientation of grief. Read full book review >
THE BEAD COLLECTOR by Sefi Atta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2018

"Despite the fascinating combination of post­-civil war Nigeria and good gossip, Atta's novel can't quite overcome the ennui that dominates the life of its main character."
A glimpse into the insular world of upper-class Nigeria during the mid-1970s. 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 >