Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list."
One proud duke, four desperate women, and a weekend full of surprises. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >

THESE HEROIC, HAPPY DEAD by Luke Mogelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Mogelson shows impressive range and restraint in an area—war-related fiction—in which physical and emotional extremes have been too readily deployed and exploited."
U.S. veterans deal with the collateral damage of military service in this collection of often surprisingly understated stories. Read full book review >
CITY OF SECRETS by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Economical and deliberately low-key, like all O'Nan's work, but the complex moral issues it raises linger unsettlingly."
The protean O'Nan (West of Sunset, 2015, etc.) assumes the mantle of Conrad and Greene in a probing, keening thriller set in Jerusalem just after World War II.Read full book review >
TEMPTATIONS OF A WALLFLOWER by Eva Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"This page-turner can only help Leigh's career. Read it without delay."
A nobly-born vicar and a wallflower find unlikely love in the Regency period, but both of them have scandalous secrets. Read full book review >

THE EARL TAKES ALL by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect."
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Lehane (Death at the Old Hotel, 2007, etc.) awards his previous detective, bartender Brian McNulty, a cameo but focuses on the complicated Ray, who looks like a promising newcomer in the talented-amateur ranks."
A biographer is killed inside one of the world's premier research libraries. Read full book review >
NOBLE CHASE by Michael Rudolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A dandy debut novel featuring lawyers with both integrity and nautical skills."
A fast-moving legal thriller that's resolved on the high seas instead of in a courtroom. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE WIND by Jim Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Lynch dissects an uncommon family with, after all, more than one thing in common in a highly readable tale."
A cautionary tale of obsession and what it can cost tells of three generations whose devotion to sailing holds them together until it sunders them. Read full book review >
MOTHERING SUNDAY by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Swift has fun with language, with class conventions, and with narrative expectations in a novel where nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems at first."
In England of 1924, a maid who knows her affair with an estate owner's son must end moves through that last day with sly humor and sensual detail. Read full book review >
THE EXCELLENT LOMBARDS by Jane Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Richly characterized, beautifully written, and heartbreakingly poignant—another winner from this talented and popular author."
A Wisconsin girl reluctantly comes of age in Hamilton's tender and rueful latest (Laura Rider's Masterpiece, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
'TIL DEATH DO US PART by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Quick's appealing new direction somehow balances Gothic intensity and lighthearted wit."
A Victorian matchmaker becomes the target of a macabre stalker and turns to a reclusive mystery writer for help—and when the danger escalates, so does their relationship. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >