Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

HOW TO BE SAFE by Tom McAllister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Intensely smart. Sharply written."
A brilliant, tragically timely second novel from the author of The Young Widower's Handbook (2017). Read full book review >
BLUE SELF-PORTRAIT by Noémi  Lefebvre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Witty, smart, and occasionally fascinating, Lefebvre's novel becomes tiresome by the end."
The stream of consciousness of an unnamed, utterly obsessive woman on an airplane. Read full book review >

WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Lyricism and a chilling atmosphere don't quite make up for a story that feels unfinished."
A married couple find themselves entranced by their new nanny. Read full book review >
MISS JULIA RAISES THE ROOF by Ann B. Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The hunt for the troublemakers is surprisingly captivating for so slight a mystery. And of course fans of Ross' long-running series (Miss Julia Inherits a Mess, 2016, etc.) will be eager to learn the latest about many of their favorite characters."
Do-gooders who are smugly pleased with their newest plan roil the waters in a quiet Southern town. Read full book review >
SPACE OPERA by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Light on plot and originality but a charming amusement all the same."
This nearly literal title about an intergalactic battle of the bands is perhaps operatic in scope (in a comic vein, at least) but is more rock than opera. Read full book review >

THE KNOWLEDGE by Martha Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Grimes' endlessly fertile imagination conjures up new people, places, and episodes that you'll want to hear all about however tangential they end up being to the dubious case that's supposed to tie them all together."
Detective Superintendent Richard Jury (Vertigo 42, 2014, etc.) joins with the usual friends and relations and a covey of London black cab drivers to unravel a spectacularly public double murder. Read full book review >
MY DEAR HAMILTON by Stephanie Dray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Hamilton often took Eliza's advice but, the authors imply, not often enough."
Eliza Hamilton claims her own place in American history. Read full book review >
A SISTER IN MY HOUSE by Linda Olsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The spare understatement and constricted focus can feel suffocating at times, but this story of sisterly ambivalence—and love—rings movingly true."
Two semiestranged sisters spend a few days together in Sweden-born Olsson's (The Memory of Love, 2011, etc.) latest minimalist, meditative novel involving women sharing secrets. Read full book review >
FIRST PERSON by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Ambitious and stuffed with ideas that, regrettably, don't translate into compelling fiction."
Tasmanian novelist Flanagan follows up his Man Booker winner (The Narrow Road to the Deep North, 2014, etc.) with a meditation on the shifting sands of identity and reality. Read full book review >
LAWN BOY by Jonathan Evison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"A book about triumphing over obstacles, and obstacles, and obstacles, and more obstacles."
An aimless young man decides to get his life together, but life has other plans. Read full book review >
THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES by Michael Imperioli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Some fictional trips into 1970s New York abound with nostalgia; this novel memorably opts for grit and heartbreak."
The protagonist of this coming-of-age novel set in late-1970s New York City falls under the wing of an unlikely mentor: Lou Reed. Read full book review >
WHY KILL THE INNOCENT by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Harris does a fine job of exploring the striking inequality and political intrigue of the Regency period in a mystery packed with historical detail and myriad motives."
The famous London Frost Fair of 1814, which took place on the frozen River Thames, provides the chilling backdrop to a death caused by a woman's desire to cast off the shackles of her unhappy life. 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 >