Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE OTHER MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Delightful and charming."
When Poppy Bridgerton stumbles upon a pirate's cave, she is kidnapped and forced to sail with the crew, then realizes the captain is not only chivalrous, but also the most attractive, interesting man she's ever met. Read full book review >
EXTINCTIONS by Josephine Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A really fine, deeply intelligent book with so much to think about and so much unexpected hope."
A stodgy, miserable, retired engineering professor in an Australian senior village finds that his world, seemingly in the last stages of crumbling into nothingness, is completely reinvented. Read full book review >

NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino's hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here's hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West."
Demoted back to local policing from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Division, Kyochiro Kaga (Malice, 2014) makes a deep impression on the quiet Nihonbashi Precinct. Read full book review >
A LADDER TO THE SKY by John Boyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Boyne's singular villain and well-sustained tension merit a good audience."
An all-consuming ambition to be a successful writer drives a young man down unusual paths to literary acclaim in this compelling character study. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF SAND  by Tasha Suri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A very strong start for a new voice."
A woman confronts the evil at the source of a powerful empire in this fantasy debut that draws from the history and culture of India's Mughal Empire. Read full book review >

VITA NOSTRA by Sergiy  Dyachenko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Although it fits squarely in the popular school-for-magicians genre, this dark, ambitious, and intellectually strenuous novel will feel like a fresh revelation to fantasy readers glutted with Western wish-fulfillment narratives."
Punishingly intense academic pressure transforms a university student into a transcendent being in this harrowing fantasy novel by a married Ukrainian couple, the first in a trilogy. Read full book review >
MUCK by Dror Burstein
Kirkus Star
by Dror Burstein, translated by Gabriel Levin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Israeli novelist Burstein's audacious reimagining of events leading to the siege of Jerusalem is a dazzling and dizzying triumph."
Set in Jerusalem in neither the biblical past nor the politically inflamed, gas-mask present but an eerie projection of one over the other, Burstein's novel centers on the persecution of the poet/prophet Jeremiah for warning of the city's destruction. Read full book review >
DEATH AND OTHER HOLIDAYS by Marci Vogel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A moving and graceful novella of overcoming sorrow."
A year in the life of a woman grieving for her stepfather. Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION by Amy  Brashear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"You might not learn to love the bomb, but you will love this book. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Truth and fiction blur after Laura Ratliff wins a walk-on role in a Hollywood nuclear disaster film set in her small town. Read full book review >
MISS BLAINE'S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR by Olga Wojtas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2018

"Wojtas' debut is every bit as lighthearted, levelheaded, inventive, hilarious, and altogether enchanting as its heroine, who richly deserves another jaunt through time and space."
A middle-aged Edinburgh librarian is sent back to 19th-century Russia with orders to complete an unspecified mission within a single calendar week of a year she can't determine. Say what? Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SNAKE by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A delightful read with the earmarks of a classic."
This inventive fable tells of a special snake, the young girl it befriends, and the things they learn from each other. Read full book review >
WAYS TO HIDE IN WINTER by Sarah St. Vincent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Sensitive prose conveys both compassion and outrage in this impressive debut."
A mysterious visitor from Uzbekistan forms an unlikely friendship with a stunned young woman in retreat from life in rural Pennsylvania. 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 >