Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

STONE BABY by Michelle Sacks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A geopolitical collection of people with pasts."
The 12 stories in Sacks' debut collection zigzag across the globe, from Germany to India and Morocco, coming back frequently to South Africa. Read full book review >
WE'LL SLEEP WHEN WE'RE OLD by Pino Corrias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Sensationalism and decadence are pushed to the hilt and then a bit further in this scorchingly cynical, one-note social sendup."
A bullying, megalomaniac Italian film and TV mogul dreams up a multilayered scam to salvage a bad film, but this latest dirty trick could jeopardize his entire murky empire. Read full book review >

COLORADO BOULEVARD by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A smart, noirish mystery loaded with clever dialogue and vivid characters. The Crush series is as good as it gets."
Teenage Caleb Rush crawls out of a brontosaurus's butt in the latest of the crime series including Crush (2015) and Heart Attack and Vine (2016). Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Gilbert's series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine."
A research-loving Virginia librarian digs up entirely too much information for her own good. Read full book review >
RECORD OF A NIGHT TOO BRIEF by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Kawakami marks the literary map of Japan with a warning that beyond here lie dragons—or snakes and ghosts, at any rate. Astonishing, strange, and wonderful."
A supersurreal triad of stories from Japanese novelist Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >

THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO by Jussi Valtonen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A contemporary novel that doesn't lose sight of perennial dilemmas."
American and Finnish families struggle with technology, immigration, and the unintended consequences of their own actions. Read full book review >
SIGNAL LOSS by Garry Disher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"There are so many felonies in this quiet corner of Australia, in fact, that jurisdictional squabbles loom larger and larger as the criminals get tangled in multiple nets before Disher sorts it all out with consummate professionalism and just a trace of regret."
Another crime wave—actually two separate waves—for the sorely tried police in the back of the Australian beyond. Read full book review >
DANDELIONS by Yasunari Kawabata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"World literature lost a fine voice with Kawabata's death, to which this elegantly puzzling work stands as testimonial."
Pensive last novel by Kawabata, unfinished at the time of the author's 1972 suicide but still capable of standing on its own. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN QUARTER by Jabbour Douaihy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2017

"A brief but rich story of lives intersecting because and in spite of post-9/11 violence."
A cross-section of life in one Tripoli neighborhood, from a wealthy resident to a housecleaner to a terrorist. Read full book review >
SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The story is modest, the poetry superb. A most worthy valediction."
A sharply observed, slender novel set in familiar Shepard (The One Inside, 2017, etc.) territory: a dusty, windblown West of limitless horizons and limited means of escape. Read full book review >
ELMET by Fiona Mozley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Mozley's instantaneous success—this debut landed straight on the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist—is a response to the stylish intensity of her work, which boldly winds multiple genres into a rich spinning top of a tale."
A not-always-gentle giant and his two children live peacefully in the woods, but the push and pull of old forces will eventually find them, and the results will be explosive. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF THE CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Of course the stories are uneven, often overlong and over-explained, and occasionally, like the all-too-aptly titled 'This King Business,' just plain silly. No matter. Fans of hard-boiled fiction will know the holy grail when they see it."
At long last, Black Lizard collects all 28 of the Op's completed stories, plus the opening chapter of one incomplete tale and the original Black Mask serializations of the novels that were revised and published as Red Harvest and The Dain Curse. 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 >