Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A major talent."
An assured debut collection of stories about men and women, young and old, living and loving along the margins in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT MOTHER by Aimee Molloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Molloy, a master of clever misdirection, deftly explores the expectations, insecurities, and endless judgement that accompany motherhood in this fast-paced thriller featuring a bevy of strong, smart, and realistically flawed women who, refreshingly, have each other's backs when it counts the most. Mesmerizing."
A mommy group attempts to get to the bottom of a baby's disappearance in Molloy's debut. Read full book review >

THE PISCES by Melissa Broder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fascinating tale of obsession and erotic redemption told with black humor and biting insight."
In Broder's debut novel, a disaffected academic struggling with a breakup finds love in the arms of a merman. Read full book review >
NIGHT HAWKS by Charles Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"It's gratifying to put yourself in the hands of a veteran storyteller who knows what he's doing—and is quietly secure in what he's teaching."
A modern master's latest array of glittering tales offers the pleasures and solace of storytelling. Read full book review >
THE JUDGE HUNTER by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"An entertaining and nicely crafted picaresque thriller with crackling dialogue and a brace of Colonial cops as appealingly mismatched as any of Hollywood's buddy efforts."
The political humorist's second historical novel is a witty bromance about international intrigue and a hunt for two regicides in 17th-century New England. Read full book review >

THE ABBOT'S TALE by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Fans of the genre will love this masterpiece of historical fiction."
A 10th-century English abbot tells of his service to seven kings—a story of pride, vengeance, and blood—in a tale abounding with real historical characters. Read full book review >
SPRING by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Anna Bjerger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A somber, philosophical addendum to My Struggle and a fine stand-alone meditation on mortality and fatherhood as well.<"
The third book in Knausgaard's quartet of seasonal observations takes a more novelistic (and funereal) turn. Read full book review >
A SHIMMER OF HUMMINGBIRDS by Steve Burrows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Skillfully written, full of moral ambiguities and artful puzzles, with a spine-tingling final sentence."
A Canadian detective living in Britain pursues cases on two continents. Read full book review >
THAT KIND OF MOTHER by Rumaan Alam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"With his second novel, Alam cements his status as that kind of writer: insightful, intrepid, and truly impressive."
This story about a white woman who adopts her black nanny's son burrows deep into issues of race, class, and the nature of family. Read full book review >
GALE FORCE by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Action-loving readers will be thrilled with this one. Laukkanen is a damn fine storyteller."
The author of the Stevens and Windermere novels (The Forgotten Girls, 2017, etc.) taps into his nautical knowledge for this rousing seafaring yarn. Read full book review >
WARLIGHT by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Ondaatje's shrewd character study plays out in a smart, sophisticated drama, one worth the long wait for fans of wartime intrigue."
Acclaimed novelist Ondaatje (The Cat's Table, 2011, etc.) returns to familiar ground: a lyrical mystery that plays out in the shadow of World War II. Read full book review >
LOST EMPRESS by Sergio de la Pava
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A whirling vortex of a novel, confusing, misdirecting, and surprising—and a lot of fun."
If Thomas Pynchon and Elmore Leonard had conspired to write North Dallas Forty, this might be the result: a madcap, football-obsessed tale of crossed destinies and criminal plots gone awry. 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 >