Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

POLK, HARPER & WHO by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"A thoughtful, observant, and often humorous tale about real connections."
In this literary novel, family secrets, friendship, and the resilience of love play out in a dinner party between two couples. Read full book review >
IF YOU ARE THERE by Susan Sherman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"Evocative yet oblique, this meandering tale creates an intriguing milieu while leaving its confrontation between science and spirituality unresolved."
The allegiances of a Polish servant are divided between Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie and well-known medium Eusapia Palladino. Read full book review >

SIGNALS by Tim Gautreaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"Gautreaux's deft wit and empathy for his characters make for a winning collection."
Facing conflict, Gautreaux's (The Missing, 2009, etc.) working-class characters try to do the right thing in 21 new and selected stories set in Louisiana and elsewhere. Read full book review >
NOW I KNOW IT'S NOT MY FAULT by Laurie B. Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An infuriating, frightening, and compassionate story of abuse."
A vulnerable 14-year-old girl becomes the victim of a beloved teacher in Levine's debut novel. Read full book review >
LATIN@ RISING by Matthew David Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An uneven anthology that nevertheless contains some fascinatingly thought-provoking stories."
In an anthology of stories by Latino and Latina authors based in the United States, Goodwin presents a diverse group of voices working in the realm of speculative fiction. Read full book review >

LITTLE DEATHS by Emma Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Sharply rendered literary noir, compelling enough to forgive a slightly left-field resolution."
One hot summer in New York, 1965, a sexy, troubled cocktail waitress is suspected of murdering her children. Read full book review >
SCHEDULED TO DEATH by Mary Feliz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An engaging but not complex mystery that moves forward quickly with freshness, a few surprises, and a couple of real scares."
In this California-based cozy, a professional organizer sorts through suspects in the mysterious death of a client's fiancee. Read full book review >
THE ROAD AHEAD by Adrian Bonenberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"These stories provide plenty of revelation on the nature of the war and the soldiers who continue to fight it."
An anthology of stories covering a literary terrain as expansive as the seemingly endless "war on terror" that spawned it. Read full book review >
A PUZZLE TO BE NAMED LATER by Parnell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"The Puzzle Lady, who seems to improve with each new adventure (Presumed Puzzled, 2016, etc.), spreads red herrings with reckless abandon this time out."
A loyal Yankees fan does everything in her power to save the wife of a promising pitcher from a murder charge. Read full book review >
O FALLEN ANGEL by Kate Zambreno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Linguistically enthralling, this is a novel that will surely make you orbit into the ineffable."
A second edition of Zambreno's (Green Girl, 2014, etc.) 2010 debut novel takes its readers on a linguistic ride through an American family's breaking point. Read full book review >
THE BELIEVER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best."
Zander's latest page-turning political thriller weaves three interconnected stories into a hypertopical tale of international intrigue. Read full book review >
MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Reading far more like a book for young teenagers than one with a strictly adult audience, this easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."
Vaughn (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014, etc.) offers a stand-alone that finds a Martian colonist struggling to adapt to life on Earth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >