Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LOLITO by Ben Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"A shocking, funny, touching book; a young writer with potential to burn."
Booze, drugs, porn, snuff videos, chat rooms, pedophiles: what one British 15-year-old did over spring break. Read full book review >
MOVIE STAR BY LIZZIE PEPPER by Hilary Liftin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Dishy Hollywood fiction at its finest from an author who traffics in the truth behind tabloid headlines."
This irresistible debut novel from an accomplished celebrity-memoir ghostwriter reads like a behind-the-scenes look at the marriage of a certain former Hollywood it couple. Read full book review >

THE KINDNESS by Polly Samson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Broken relationships and damaging silences, presented from deliberately misleading angles, add up to a readable, clever, teasing, but naggingly overcomplicated story."
A tricky tale of deceptions—some well-meant—and infidelities winds together an attractive woman's fractured love life and an open-hearted man's intense attachment to a child. Read full book review >
THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by Amy E. Reichert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious."
Can a talented but struggling chef find love with a critic who wrote a scathing review of her restaurant? Read full book review >
What Makes It Worthy  by David Paul Kuhn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Insightful politicalcommentary that will keep readers immersed.
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A political novel documents both the cynical lows and romantic highs of campaign life in America, as experienced by two reporters. Read full book review >

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it's very much worth reading."
The long-awaited, much-discussed sequel that might have been a prequel—and that makes tolerably good company for its classic predecessor. Read full book review >
GENOA by Paul Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A welcome reappearance of an influential sui generis story."
A reissue of the 1965 cult classic by Metcalf (1917-1999) that weaves together stories by Herman Melville, Christopher Columbus, and an emotionally rattled narrator. Read full book review >
THE JOY OF KILLING by Harry N. MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A dizzying and delirious meditation on desire, violence, guilt, and philosophical justification."
A middle-aged man, alone in a windswept lake cottage, considers aspects of his past, real and imagined, as he attempts to write the story of his life. Read full book review >
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate."
Set mostly in 1880s London, Pulley's debut novel twists typical steampunk elements—telegraphs, gaslight, clockwork automata—into a fresh and surprising philosophical adventure. Read full book review >
CRUSH by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This one could make it to the big screen, but don't wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series."
A fast, crazy crime thriller filled with humor and smatterings of blood. Read full book review >
A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >
CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS by Mia Couto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A haunting, ethereal flight of magical realism."
In the tiny village of Kulumani, the people struggle to keep themselves safe from a marauding band of lions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >