Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

AGENTS OF THE UNDERTOW by Jack McDaniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"This gripping sci-fi-esque yarn ably incorporates social and political themes."
Years after fighting off a plague infection, survivors become the target of a dubious administrator who's convinced they still carry the lethal virus in this dystopian novel. Read full book review >
THE FIRST WORD by Isley Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Lovely writing and a sweet romance make for a promising debut."
An emotional romance blossoms between a single father and the occupational therapist who cares for his special needs child. Read full book review >

SKULLSWORN by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Lacking the grand heft of the trilogy, this is a pleasantly grim and emotionally complex divertissement that will give pleasure to fans and tie up some loose ends—and can also be an accessible entree for new readers, who will undoubtedly go on to consume the rest of the series."
The beautiful, enigmatic assassin Pyrre, a supporting character in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Last Mortal Bond, 2016, etc.), takes center stage in this prequel to the series. Read full book review >
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time."
In Beartown, where the people are as "tough as the forest, as hard as the ice," the star player on the beloved hockey team is accused of rape, and the town turns upon itself. Read full book review >
THE GRAY HOUSE by Mariam Petrosyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"An impressive—and impressively massive—feat of imagination and translation. (Magical realism. 14-adult)"
Petrosyan's award-winning debut novel, translated from Russian, is a vividly imagined tale of epic proportions. Read full book review >

THE LAST NEANDERTHAL by Claire Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Across millennia, Neanderthal and Homo sapiens, ancient girl and contemporary woman, hunter and scientist—all share much in common."
In a small, nearly inaccessible cavern on an archaeological dig in France, Dr. Rose Gale discovers two entwined skeletons, astonishing evidence of contact between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Who were these last—and first—peoples? Read full book review >
WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND  by Rosemary Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Simpson's debut, first in a planned series, features complex characters, a vivid look at old New York in the late 1800s, and a mystery with a twist."
A daring daughter of the Gilded Age must fight her stepmother for her very survival. Read full book review >
OOLA by Brittany Newell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A dreamy and provocative exploration of sex, privilege, and self-discovery."
Two young artists fall for one another in this twisted debut, testing the boundaries between love, obsession, and identity. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW SISTER by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole."
Third in Riley's Seven Sisters series (The Storm Sister, 2016, etc.) about adopted daughters in search of their ancestry. Read full book review >
RIDE ROUGH by Laura Kaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A sexy, textured, and wholly satisfying romance."
When Alexa Harmon gets spooked by her fiance's increasingly abusive and controlling behavior, she turns to her ex-boyfriend Maverick for help, then gains additional help from his motorcycle club, the Raven Riders. Read full book review >
STARTUP by Doree Shafrir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"To call it expertly observed is an understatement."
Veteran journalist Shafrir, currently of BuzzFeed News, sharply skewers tech culture in a feminist satire that's as addictive as it is biting. Read full book review >
FEAST OF SORROW by Crystal King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Nonetheless, aficionados of all things SPQR will eat this up."
The life story of a notorious ancient Roman gourmand, recounted by his slave, a master chef. 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 >