Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A very promising start, both for a series and a new author."
This debut fantasy is set in the Risen Kingdoms, where countries float in the air and people take airships from place to place, princes battle for a throne, and dashing musketeers defend feisty princesses. Read full book review >
DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS by Courtney Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A spirited, timeless tale of teen self-discovery in those tense, formative high school moments, captured with grace, lyricism, and insight. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A gender-nonconforming 17-year-old and her crew explore desire in a small town. Read full book review >

THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better."
A literary prodigy allows her husband to convince her to reverse their decision not to have children. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
A dark, still figure, wearing long black robes and a hood, appears on the charming village green of Three Pines, a small Québec town; though at first it seems scary but harmless, it turns out to be something much more sinister. Read full book review >
MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A powerful, well-turned story about abuse, its consequences, and what it takes to survive it."
A 14-year-old girl struggles to escape her father's emotional and physical abuse in this harrowing debut. Read full book review >

JUDGMENT AT APPOMATTOX by Ralph Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Once again a master of historical military fiction has made real the sound and fury of the Civil War."
Civil War chronicler Peters (The Damned of Petersburg, 2016, etc.) once again writes of war in Technicolor, this time chronicling the blood-drenched chaos of close combat as Grant's Army of the Potomac forces the surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Read full book review >
THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Emotionally intense and quietly haunting."
Messud (The Woman Upstairs, 2013, etc.) investigates the fraught intricacies of friendship and adolescence as two girls grow up and grow apart in a small Massachusetts town. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >
GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This thriller from the author of We Were Liars (2014) will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing. (Suspense. 12-adult)"
Can Jule recognize her own true self within the tangled story of the past year? Read full book review >
THE WORLD OF TOMORROW by Brendan Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"It's not Doctorow's Ragtime, but there's a similar feel in this impressive, wide-ranging debut."
Mathews' colorful debut novel examines the legacy of Irish political violence for a family in both the old country and New York during one busy week in 1939. Read full book review >
THE SALT LINE by Holly Goddard Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"It's The Hunger Games meets The Godfather meets Robin Cook, with female characters playing all the key roles. Hell, yeah."
Adventure travel in the dystopian future involves braving killer ticks and drug-farming rebels. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN HOUSE by Salman Rushdie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed, no matter how well padded with cash."
Rushdie (Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, 2015, etc.) returns with a topical, razor-sharp portrait of life among the very rich, who are, of course, very different from the rest of us. 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 >