Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE LONG TAKE by Robin Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Robertson's novel in verse joins a tradition that includes Louis Zukofsky, Edgar Lee Masters, and Ed Sanders, and it doesn't suffer by comparison."
Scottish poet Robertson serves up an epic poem of homelessness, dislocation, and inequality—set not today, though it could have been, but instead in the years after World War II. Read full book review >
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 >

DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION by Lori Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"As usual, Foster delivers fascinating characters, intense sexual tension, and suspense that keeps readers glued to the page."
When her boss, a wealthy collector, hires Brodie Crews to drive her on jobs to acquire "unique collection items," Mary Daniels fights her attraction to her new courier, but everything changes when a mysterious rival takes the hunt up a few notches, from competitor to predator, and her courier becomes her protector. Read full book review >
MASTER OF HIS FATE by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A slow-paced, complacent introduction to the excitement to come—we hope!"
The launch of what promises to be another blockbuster Bradford series. Read full book review >
THE COMFORTS OF HOME by Susan Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Hill continues to split her focus between exploring procedural conventions and showing her hero as he builds a family, emphasizing his development over his caseload."
A long-serving procedural hero faces health challenges that make him question his future with the police. Read full book review >

CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC  by Mirah Bolender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Overlong and rough around the edges but still promising."
In this debut novel, specially trained operatives called Sweepers are the only thing standing in the way of creatures that devour magic—and humans. Read full book review >
HARDLY CHILDREN by Laura Adamczyk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A challenging and unsettling collection that heralds a promising talent."
Children learn to navigate a treacherous world—and childish adults help create that treachery—in these stories from first-time author Adamczyk. 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 >
THE STORM by Tomás González
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Fabulist elements, lyrical prose, and a chorus of narrative voices give this slim novel depth and breadth."
Old family resentments build along with a storm off the coast of Colombia. Read full book review >
MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Even your most extravagant speculations about what's really going on with these wildly contrasting yet oddly simpatico siblings will be trumped in this skillful, sardonic debut."
From the hospital rooms and living spaces of Lagos, Nigeria, comes a dryly funny and wickedly crafty exercise in psychological suspense. 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 >
HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE by Leland de la Durantaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A novel of stark beauty and even starker consequence whose language makes up for the often opaque action of the plot."
An heiress to the ancient money of a storied family seeks revenge for personal and global wrongs in this powerful debut novel. 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 >