Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE BUILDING by Richard  Snodgrass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"An audacious, gripping, and wise novel.
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In Snodgrass' (Kitchen Things, 2013, etc.) novel, a complex construction project teeters on the brink of failure, pitting workers against each other. Read full book review >
The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

THE CITY OF LOST FORTUNES  by Bryan Camp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"One hopes for more of Camp's dangerous visions to spring from a city that, as he writes, 'is a great place to find yourself, and a terrible place to get lost.'"
A phantasmagoric murder mystery that wails, chants, laments, and changes shape as audaciously as the mythical beings populating its narrative. Read full book review >
THE COMEDOWN by Rebekah Frumkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Frumkin has talent to burn, and this very good novel suggests the potential for a truly great one."
The death of a drug-addicted patriarch, and the stockpile of cash he's rumored to have left behind, has a broad impact across multiple families. Read full book review >
BIG GUNS by Steve Israel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Israel recalls Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Buckley in their liberal bents and sense of the perniciously absurd. Will he be gunning for No. 45 in his No. 3?"
A former U.S. congressman takes on the gun industry and a big slab of American politics in this entertaining satire. Read full book review >

FOX by Dubravka Ugresic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny."
Another tricky treasure from an internationally renowned author. Read full book review >
MOON BROW by Shahriar Mandanipour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A remarkable vision of the elusiveness of redemption and love."
The ne'er-do-well scion of a Tehran merchant family emerges from war determined to recover what he lost—an arm, a lover, and crucial memories—in this multilayered, hypnotic tale. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO NEVER READ NOAM CHOMSKY by Jana Casale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"So much fun, so smart, and ultimately profound and beautiful."
The interior life of a millennial Everywoman as she matures over the decades. Read full book review >
THE ONLY STORY by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A somber but well-conceived character study suffused with themes of loss and self-delusion."
A May-September romance devolves into dysfunction and regret. Read full book review >
UNMASKED BY THE MARQUESS by Cat Sebastian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A funny and poignant romance amid a delightful cast of characters makes this a must-read for historical romance fans."
First in Sebastian's Regency Imposters series, historical romances that explore LGBTQ relationships. Read full book review >
HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined, Thompson-Spires' auspicious beginnings augur a bright future in which she could set new standards for the short story."
A bold new voice, at once insolently sardonic and incisively compassionate, asserts itself amid a surging wave of young African-American fiction writers. Read full book review >
THE MAGNIFICENT ESME WELLS by Adrienne Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"This glittering noirish tragedy, with its lushly imagined period landscape and subtle feminist trajectory, is both fun to read and sad to think about."
The daughter of two beautiful losers—a snakebit Jewish gambler and a chorus girl—comes of age in late 1930s Los Angeles and early 1950s Las Vegas. 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 >