Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >
COUSIN JOSEPH by Jules Feiffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Expertly off-kilter."
In this prequel to his graphic novel, Kill My Mother (2014), Feiffer delivers another noir fever dream, sending America right to the top of the flagpole with a hard-boiled, lyrical punch of immigrant stories, labor relations, and the almighty dollar. Read full book review >

SUPERNOVA by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Sci-fi fans will love this tense, action-packed, and thought-provoking adventure."
The story of a revolution-turned-civil war waged across the solar system—and within one very unusual spaceship. Read full book review >
YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Abbott proves herself a master of fingernails-digging-into-your-palms suspense."
Abbott's latest thriller (The Fever, 2014, etc.) is about everyday lives changed forever by an exceptional individual—in this case an Olympic gymnastics hopeful. Read full book review >
WE COME TO OUR SENSES by Odie Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Superb atmospherics and dramatic timing coupled with arresting storylines. A promising start, if sobering for readers unused to the grim realities of war."
Memorable, even haunting tales of war and peace—two states of being that, in debut author Lindsey's hands, are hard to tell apart.
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LEAVING LUCY PEAR by Anna Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying."
The abandonment of a newborn child in a pear orchard opens an intense tale of choices and consequences which, despite its early-20th-century setting, has the capacious feel of a Victorian novel. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B. by Gina Ochsner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An astonishing alchemy of history, romance, and fable."
Fractured hearts, ruined lives, shattered dreams—only the art of storytelling can hope to heal these in war-ravaged Latvia. Read full book review >
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This thoroughly enjoyable novel delivers a swift kick to the heart—an essential summer read."
A female private detective tackles a retired NFA player in this standout romance, the eighth in the bestselling author's Chicago Stars series. Read full book review >
THE BONES OF PARADISE by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"This sexy, violent, intricate Western is ultimately a love letter to the Sand Hills, 'where all was alive, all living, in one form or another.'"
A deceptively leisurely, intensely heart-rending historical Western about greed and love gone wrong, set in the Sand Hills of Nebraska 10 years after the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre of the Lakota Sioux at the Pine Ridge Reservation in nearby South Dakota. Read full book review >
CAROUSEL COURT by Joe McGinniss Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"McGinniss covers familiar territory in the marketplace and marriage but injects it with an urgency, a sense of constant, inescapable threat that all adds up to a taut page-turner."
A young couple's plan to flip a house in Southern California goes awry and old wounds in their marriage reopen in this dark novel of unrelenting tension. Read full book review >
HARMONY by Carolyn Parkhurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Suspenseful, moving, and full of inspiration and insight about parenting a child with autism."
A couple driven to desperation by the challenges of raising an extraordinary 13-year-old and her younger sister moves off the grid with a charismatic parenting guru. Read full book review >
TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD by Eowyn Ivey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Heartfelt, rip-snorting storytelling."
A husband and wife explore separate but parallel frontiers in the wild Northwest of the late 1800s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >