Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS by Arundhati Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"An assured novel borne along by a swiftly moving storyline that addresses the most profound issues with elegant humor. Let's hope we won't have to wait two decades for its successor."
The first novel in 20 years from Roy (The God of Small Things, 1997, etc.) and a book worth the wait: a humane, engaged tale of love, politics, and no small amount of suffering. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Twists aplenty in this searing murder mystery should leave readers dizzy, in the best way possible."
In this thriller, a tell-all about a celebrity novelist examines her most famous horror book, which may be more truth than fiction. Read full book review >

ODD NUMBERS by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A prophetic counterterrorist procedural whose bold central conceit is likely to grow more depressingly plausible with every passing week."
Eleven years after she's sidelined from the Oslo police department by a bullet to the back, retired DI Hanne Wilhelmsen rejoins her old friend Billy T. to root out a particularly virulent cell of terrorists. Read full book review >
CAST THE FIRST STONE by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Ziskin's nice-but-no-nonsense hero is out seriously past her depth in these fleshpots, where, as she aptly notes, she can't trust a single person. Readers will end up rooting for her to get sent back to the East Coast, where people just murder each other."
An unsought assignment sends reporter Ellie Stone from upstate New York to Hollywood in the rainy month of February 1962. Read full book review >
WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The hero emerges with his virtue intact and a brace of new heads for his trophy wall. The surprising number of malefactors at the company isn't a strength of the tale, but they're all well worth your cathartic scorn."
Rushmore McKenzie, who isn't a cop any more, and isn't a licensed investigator either, nonetheless agrees to take his 14th case for a friend of his lover's daughter and finds himself digging up felonies past and present. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah Creech
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Although the rags-to-riches premise feels overdone, the novel's realism and its portrayal of the conflicts in country music make it engaging from start to finish."
The dreams of up-and-coming country musicians clash with the reality of the industry in the latest novel by Creech (Season of the Dragonflies, 2014). Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF INK by Rachel Kadish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Chock-full of rich detail and literary intrigue."
A mysterious collection of papers hidden in a historic London home sends two scholars of Jewish history on an unforgettable quest. Read full book review >
DEAR CYBORGS by Eugene  Lim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A colorful meditation on friendship and creation nested within a fictional universe."
A childhood friendship marks a young Korean-American man's imagination for life. Read full book review >
BLACK MOSES by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"This tightly contained, densely packed story issues a challenge that never loses its urgency: how does a person cling to a sense of autonomy when it's under siege by so many powerful forces?"
This ribald, acerbic, and poignant coming-of-age story throws open a window to an African nation's struggle for maturity. Read full book review >
CARNIVALESQUE by Neil Jordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Still, spun sugar is tasty, and there's much here to like."
An adolescent boy is abducted into a world of secrets and addictions by a magical circus while his mother suspects something is masquerading as her son in Jordan's (The Drowned Detective, 2016, etc.) coming-of-age fairy tale. Read full book review >
DATING YOU / HATING YOU by Christina Lauren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A smart, sexy romance for readers who thrive on girl power."
In star-studded Hollywood, a blossoming romance between two talent agents grinds to a halt when their agencies merge and there's only enough room for one of them. Read full book review >
A SKY FULL OF STARS by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A sweet romance that takes its time to court the reader: classic, thoughtful, and sometimes as lyrical as the stars."
An artist and an astronomer are brought together through admiration of the night sky's beauty. 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 >