Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE NIGHT AGENT by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2019

"Quirk goes for timeliness in imagining the Russians taking control of Washington, but while the book does resonate to a small degree with current events, reality beat fiction to such possibilities as our enemy owning a sitting U.S. president."
After all their meddling with America, the Russians have placed a mole in the White House, leaving over-his-head surveillance specialist Peter Sutherland the only man who can stop them. Read full book review >
ELSEY COME HOME by Susan Conley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2019

"What entices and endures here is the voice: dreamy, meditative, hypnotic, and very real."
A yoga retreat on a mountain in China signals a turning point for an expatriate American painter. Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN by Jonas Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Delightful nonsense that will lift a lot of spirits."
The hero (of sorts) has aged a year in this wildly implausible sequel to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared (2012). Read full book review >
NIGHT SCHOOL by Zsófia Bán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Acerbic, playful, full of quick-witted philosophy, and unstintingly original, this is a varied and unsettling reader for our varied and unsettling times."
Award-winning Brazilian/Hungarian essayist, historian, and critic Bán's fiction debut presents itself as a tongue-in-cheek student textbook. Read full book review >
SOMETHING LIKE BREATHING by Angela Readman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"An offbeat, enigmatic parable of otherness and attachment, with a style to match."
A curious, sometimes-comic tale of female friendship set on a remote Scottish island fuses the bizarre, the banal, and the miraculous. Read full book review >

UNQUIET by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Gorgeous and heartbreaking."
A brilliant meditation on time, mortality, and the limits of memory. Read full book review >
FEARLESS  by Sarah Tarkoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Readers will be eager to see what happens in the next installment of an original series that blends science fiction with faith in a premise that continues to hold its own."
In her sequel to Sinless (2018), Tarkoff returns readers to a world where sin makes people ugly and 18-year-old Grace Luther keeps fighting the rule of prophets who aren't as benevolent as everyone thinks. Read full book review >
THE SMILING MAN by Joseph Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"With his second novel in what looks to be an enduring series, Knox takes his place alongside such writers as Val McDermid, David Peace, and Sophie Hannah in making Manchester a destination for crime fiction."
Stuck on the graveyard shift after using and stealing drugs—from the evidence room—Detective Constable Aidan Waits is squeezed from all sides after finding a murdered man in an abandoned Manchester hotel. Read full book review >
BIG BANG by David Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Bowman's testament is both lament and celebration—for the betrayed promise of the United States as well as the tragedy of the author's premature demise."
A kaleidoscopic portrait of America in the years leading up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy—and a chillingly prophetic vision of how we got to where we are. Read full book review >
SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Melding inventive supernatural activities with scorching sex scenes, this final entry in Jones' series answers many questions but is a tad complicated. Readers who want to make sense of it all are well-advised to start all the way back with First Grave on the Right (2011)."
Whether she's dealing with other gods or acting as the Grim Reaper, Charley Davidson's adventures are never dull. Read full book review >
A RISKY UNDERTAKING FOR LORETTA SINGLETARY by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A surprise ending makes this entry one of Shames' best in an enjoyable series that raises small-town problems and their solutions to an art form."
The dangers of internet dating surprise the chief of police in a small Texas town. Read full book review >
ADÈLE by Leila Slimani
by Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Franco-Moroccan author Slimani (The Perfect Nanny, 2018) delivers an unflinching exploration of female self-sacrifice and the elusive nature of satisfaction."
A sex-obsessed woman spirals out of control in this artful, edgy novel. 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 >