Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A TINY PIECE OF SOMETHING GREATER by Jude Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2018

"A realistic look at living and loving in the context of mental illness by an #ownvoices author that doesn't lose sight of the romance."
The Florida Keys provide the setting for love between a laid-back Brazilian dive instructor and a Wisconsin-bred trainee with secrets behind his ice-blue eyes. Read full book review >
COMPULSORY GAMES  by Robert Aickman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2018

"As unnerving as it is sinuous; an absolute delight."
A collection of dark, eerie tales from a master of weird fiction. Read full book review >

A HOWL OF WOLVES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Anyone interested in mysteries and books and humor—and who isn't?—will enjoy Flanders' latest delightful novel."
Theater people may be superstitious, but even they don't expect to find the director hanging from the rafters on opening night—in the middle of the play. Read full book review >
JANE SEYMOUR, THE HAUNTED QUEEN by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Deft, authoritative biographical fiction."
The brief reign of a reluctant queen. Read full book review >
DARKER WITH THE LIGHTS ON by David  Hayden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Those seeking challenging, nontraditional wordplay stories will find much here to ponder."
Short stories that will puzzle, perplex, and provoke. Read full book review >

THE OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO LETTING GO by Amy E. Reichert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"A delicious read full of family and food."
Three generations of women cope with a grandmother's stroke and a big family secret. Read full book review >
A MILLION DROPS by Victor del Árbol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Meticulously plotted and stylishly written, this is a page-turner with fresh twists and surprises right up to the very end."
A mystery on an epic scale, extending over decades, generations, and nations as it attempts to illuminate the deepest mystery of all—the evil within the human soul. Read full book review >
HOW IT HAPPENED by Michael Koryta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Crime fiction doesn't get any more enjoyable."
Boston FBI agent Rob Barrett gets himself sent to Port Hope, Maine, the town where his grandfather lived and where he spent his childhood summers, to help crack the case of a young couple's murder, which appears to have been committed by a childhood antagonist of Barrett's. Read full book review >
IVORY PEARL by Jean-Patrick Manchette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Idiosyncratic French novelist Manchette, whose 1995 death at age 52 prevented him from completing this existentialist thriller, went out in style. Short but sprawling, the novel packs a mean punch."
In his final, unfinished novel, available for the first time in English, Manchette departs from crime fiction—but not extreme violence—to deliver a saga of high adventure. Read full book review >
LAST STORIES by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"As always, Trevor navigates the rough seas of human relations with a new angle, fresh language, deep sympathy, and uncanny insight."
Ten short fictions from the late Irish master (1928-2016) explore love, betrayal, and the ways that people cope with life's blows. Read full book review >
PRETEND I'M DEAD by Jen  Beagin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Singularly enjoyable."
A young woman's offbeat adventures among misfits, weirdos, and other human beings. Read full book review >
THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Dizzying and overwrought but salaciously entertaining nonetheless."
Knoll (Luckiest Girl Alive, 2015) turns her cynical eye to sibling rivalry and the twisted—and, in this case, murderous—world of reality TV. 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 >