Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"In the guise of a period piece, Carey's novel raises issues of culture and race that carry a thoroughly contemporary charge."
This picaresque comedy goes thematically deeper as it heads into the Outback. Read full book review >
WINTER SISTERS by Robin Oliveira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Entertaining at times, deeply political at others; a perfect example of a historical novel that also illuminates present-day issues."
A disastrous blizzard blasts the city of Albany in 1879, and in its chaotic wake, two young girls go missing. Read full book review >

THE DUKE'S DAUGHTERS by Megan Frampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A passionate Regency romance of uncommon depth and heart."
A woman does good by doing the guy she's trying to marry off. Read full book review >
CHICAGO by David Mamet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An evocative, impressive return that Mamet fans will welcome."
A major bard of the Windy City returns, this time with a novel devoted to the mob era and some of its more minor players. Read full book review >
A PRINCESS IN THEORY by Alyssa Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A delightful and sexy take on love between a suave African prince and a nerdy epidemiology student."
Cole makes her Avon debut with a romance that draws on familiar genre tropes only to upend them. Read full book review >

HELLO STRANGER by Lisa Kleypas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Another winner in Kleypas' Ravenels series, with elegant prose, a fascinating heroine, and a Victorian London constructed with compelling historical detail."
England's only female doctor and a lethal government agent with secrets of his own fall in love. Read full book review >
THE VAIN CONVERSATION by Anthony Grooms
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2018

"That Grooms' incisive, gripping, and empathetic novel dares to probe beneath the humiliations, customs, and fears that sustain injustice implies that our seemingly eternal conversation on race, to which the title refers, may not be as vain as it often seems."
A real-life racially motivated mass killing from 1946 is boldly and deeply reimagined—as are its long-term reverberations. Read full book review >
SECRETS AND SHADOWS by Roberta Silman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2018

"A harrowing story that readers will find compelling to the very end."
The past is never really past in Silman's (Boundaries, 2015, etc.) latest novel, in which a man thinks back to his childhood in World War II-era Berlin. Read full book review >
CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW by Brad Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Parks (Say Nothing, 2017, etc.) dishes out another irresistible descent into hell for a heroine who regards her harrowing plight with a sobering verdict: 'It was like hitting a new bottom every day.'"
A Virginia mom dutifully treading the path toward middle-class respectability is thrown down the rabbit hole when she's accused of drug dealing and worse. Read full book review >
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"An incisive study of a friendship's unbreakable bond."
Two friends and talented weavers navigate poverty, abuse, and the relentless pressure to find suitable husbands in contemporary South India. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS by Luis Alberto Urrea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Even in death, Urrea shows, we never lose our connection to one another, which is the point of this deft and moving book."
A family saga that asks what it means to be American. Read full book review >
BARBED WIRE HEART by Tess Sharpe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Sharpe's first adult novel, following her gritty young-adult effort Far From You (2014), introduces a major talent to the crime fiction genre and, with a sequel all but promised, an exciting protagonist."
In this hard-edged thriller set in the gold rush country of Northern California, the daughter of a murderous meth dealer finds that escaping the life of crime her notorious father has trained her for will be more difficult than she imagined. 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 >