Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

COLD WAR CANOE CLUB by Jeffery Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2017

"With his finger firmly placed on soldiers' wartime experiences, the author delivers a potent, thrilling collection of sharply drawn tales."
A group of stories provides military melodrama and trouble galore. Read full book review >
THE SUBWAY STOPS AT BRYANT PARK by N. West Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2017

"Definitely worth reading."
A slim debut collection of stories that deftly slip into the lives of everyday New Yorkers. Read full book review >

AND IT CAME TO PASS by Laura Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2017

"A fine romance with a touch of political intent."
While exploring their forbidden sexual desires, two young men—Mormon missionaries—fall in love. Read full book review >
NEVER SUMMER by Tim Blaine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2017

"An original, philosophically minded Western adventure."
Blaine tells the story of a man who traverses the Old West to try to cure his consumption in this debut historical novel. Read full book review >
ANNE BOLEYN, A KING'S OBSESSION by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A richly detailed rendering of the familiar Tudor drama."
A notorious Tudor queen is sympathetically imagined. Read full book review >

SECRETS IN SUMMER by Nancy Thayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An easily digestible, warmhearted tale of eye-opening friendships."
A young divorcée embarks on a journey of self-discovery during one eventful summer. Read full book review >
EXIT STRATEGY by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Though this book lacks the depth of the series opener, its hard-wired plot and adrenaline-fueled scenes make it another must-read for fans of lean, mean crime fiction."
Nick Mason, who has been killing people for Darius Cole, the all-powerful inmate who got him sprung from a maximum security prison in exchange for such services, is targeted himself after initiating a scheme to free himself from Cole's clutches. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE HOTEL by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"This is an excellent place for the Stead novice to begin enjoying her artistry."
The guests of a modest hotel in postwar Switzerland reveal their unsettled lives on a ravaged continent in this reissue of a masterful 1973 work. Read full book review >
A LITTLE TEA, A LITTLE CHAT by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Stead has created a fascinating precursor to Bellow's garrulous heroes and the little boy who takes on Wall Street in Gaddis' JR."
A sprawling character study that dissects a businessman working in Manhattan, bedding every woman he can, and talking incessantly, in this reissue of a 1948 work. Read full book review >
THE PUZZLEHEADED GIRL by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"At shorter length, Stead reveals more clearly her gifts in tone and voice and building a scene, while her theme here puts these fictions among the Ur-texts of feminism."
The four novellas of this reissued 1967 book center on young women in the 1940s and '50s seeking to find themselves in a world looking to impose its own definitions. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIES AND FURIES by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A welcome reissue of an intriguing, atmospherically rich work."
A woman leaves her husband in London for a younger man in Paris, where the affair takes unusual turns thanks to a conniving fellow the lovers befriend in this ambitious 1936 novel. Read full book review >
BLUE FIELD by Elise Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A transgressive, gut-wrenching portrayal of grief that asks what it's like to drown."
A deeply damaged woman flirts with death in the depths of underwater caves. 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 >