Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

FALLING FOR TROUBLE by Sarah Title
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"A contemporary romance that'll win over any library lover."
Dewey meets dive bar. Read full book review >
AMERICAN STATIC by Tom Pitts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"An absorbing and highly charged story of violent payback with considerable collateral damage."
Ex-cops, killers, and junkies collide in and around San Francisco in this thriller. Read full book review >

THE CITY OF ULYSSES by Teolinda Gersão
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2017

"Readers planning a trip to Portugal will find this a fine, revealing complement to their guidebook—and on the evidence of this book, Gersão deserves a wider audience in English."
An elegant paean to love—and to "the least known of all European capital cities," Lisbon. Read full book review >
THE SHELL by Mustafa Khalifa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2017

"A staggeringly powerful story of inhumanity and one man's unrelenting will to survive."
An innocent Syrian student is sent to a brutal prison. Read full book review >
THE PARTHENON BOMBER by Christos Chrissopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Reminiscent of a half-century-old ancestor, Vassilis Vassilikos' 1966 novel Z, in its sardonic protest of things as they are."
You don't know what you've got till it's gone: thus this slender but deeply charged novella concerning an unspeakable—but sadly imaginable—act of terrorism. Read full book review >

BOUNDARY by Andrée  Michaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Spellbinding. This novel is no light read, and beneath its layers lies a vision profoundly rewarding, beautiful, and tragic."
Quebec novelist Michaud (The River of Dead Trees, 2002, etc.) explores the devastating consequences of murder upon a close-knit community in this deeply psychological novel translated from the French. Read full book review >
KISS CARLO by Adriana Trigiani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"A delightfully sprawling comedy full of extended families, in all their cocooning warmth and suffocating expectations."
Calla Borelli inherited her love of the theater from her father, Sam, but directing only Shakespeare plays in 1949 might spell the end of her beloved Borelli theater. Read full book review >
LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"His emphasis on the thorny issues surrounding honor killings allows Billingham (Die of Shame, 2016, etc.) to put a new and urgent spin on his tried-and-true procedural formula."
DI Tom Thorne steps on more toes than usual to help out Nicola Tanner, a detective who's supposed to stay even further away from the case at hand than he is. Read full book review >
SIN OF A WOMAN by Kimberla Lawson Roby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"A deliciously decadent beach read of temptation and the wages of sin."
Pastors Raven Jones Black and Porsha Harrington may co-minister the New Vision Christian Center but there's no room for two at the top. Read full book review >
THE SPY ACROSS THE TABLE by Barry Lancet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Lancet's hero, who likely has more frequent flyer miles than any other fictional PI after four books, is in top form going after a kidnapped security analyst in North Korea. A solid, consistently smart thriller."
After the assassination-style murders of two of his friends—a renowned Japanese theater designer and an American production designer for the movies—San Francisco PI Jim Brodie returns to his old Asian haunts to track down the killer. Read full book review >
THE FORCE by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"By turns grim and giddy, this is a good read in the service of dark cops."
Savage dope dealers, dirty cops, corrupt officials, and a few hapless civilians mix it up in New York City. Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET GRAVE by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Unquiet indeed."
McCrumb's (Prayers the Devil Answers, 2016, etc.) latest combines an Appalachian ghost story with a turn-of-the-last-century murder case. 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 >