Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A DISTANT HEART by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Another beautiful, breathtaking novel from a not-to-be-missed author."
A young Indian woman is finally healthy thanks to a heart transplant, but when she becomes the target of a notorious crime lord, she has to depend on the man she loves to protect her. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL LAWMAN by Sophie Jordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Hilarious, sexy, and great fun."
A reluctant stripper gives her first lap dance to a small-town sheriff in this old-school tongue-in-cheek romance. Read full book review >

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Balancing emotion, humor, and a redemptive theme, Higgins hits all the right notes with precision, perception, and panache."
Years after escaping her tiny Maine community and completely reinventing herself, Nora Stuart is coming home to heal from an accident, determined to forge new connections, especially with her distant mother and angry niece. Read full book review >
HALSEY STREET by Naima  Coster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole."
A quiet gut-punch of a debut, Coster's novel is a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn. Read full book review >
THE BOMB MAKER by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perry (The Old Man, 2017, etc.) provides a hero worth caring about, a villain who stays one step ahead of him, and a supporting cast designed to keep up the nerve-shredding suspense. If the ending feels like a letdown, that's because this ultimate professional rivalry can't possibly continue forever."
The Explosive Ordnance Unit of the LAPD battles a methodical bomber whose principal target seems to be them. Read full book review >

A STATE OF FREEDOM by Neel Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A calm, compelling, unshrinking portrait of humanity in transition; both disturbing and dazzling."
Five diverse lives in India are traced and linked, exposing the aching gulfs in experience and opportunity that exist in a complex nation. Read full book review >
HEART ON FIRE  by Amanda Bouchet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Bouchet's stunning Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy ends the way it began, with creativity, brilliance, and a breathtaking balance of heart-pounding adventure and heart-wrenching emotion."
Cat and Griffin continue their divinely orchestrated odyssey to unite the three realms of Thalyria through tragic losses and dangerous obstacles. Read full book review >
THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY by Roni Loren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unforgettable; have some tissues handy."
The 12th anniversary of a school shooting reunites two survivors in a second-chance romance that explores the lasting effects of trauma. Read full book review >
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Mesmerizing and impossible to put down, this novel demands full attention, full empathy, and full responsibility; in return it offers poignant insight into human fragility and resilience."
A defining moment of violence inextricably links the lives of three young adults in Yates' (Black Chalk, 2015) psychological thriller. Read full book review >
PECULIAR GROUND by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A first novel stunning for both its historical sweep and its elegant prose."
An award-winning historian (Gabriele D'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War, 2013, etc.) makes her fiction debut with a story vast in scope but intimate in its details. Read full book review >
THE ANIMAL GAZER by Edgardo Franzosini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A moody, impressionistic, and strangely engaging work."
This spare historical novel draws on the brief life of Italian artist Rembrandt Bugatti, who specialized in sculptures of animals. Read full book review >
KING ZENO by Nathaniel Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Marked by offbeat humor and up-tempo writing, this is a more conventional outing for Rich than his first two novels and could well expand his audience."
The lives of a jazz musician, a police detective, and a corporate executive intertwine in 1918-19 New Orleans. 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 >