Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WE'LL SLEEP WHEN WE'RE OLD by Pino Corrias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Sensationalism and decadence are pushed to the hilt and then a bit further in this scorchingly cynical, one-note social sendup."
A bullying, megalomaniac Italian film and TV mogul dreams up a multilayered scam to salvage a bad film, but this latest dirty trick could jeopardize his entire murky empire. Read full book review >
COLORADO BOULEVARD by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A smart, noirish mystery loaded with clever dialogue and vivid characters. The Crush series is as good as it gets."
Teenage Caleb Rush crawls out of a brontosaurus's butt in the latest of the crime series including Crush (2015) and Heart Attack and Vine (2016). Read full book review >

UNNATURAL CAUSES by Dawn Eastman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"In a change from her psychic series (An Unhappy Medium, 2016, etc.), Eastman introduces a strong new heroine who has her hands full with a large cast of potential killers."
A murder allows a doctor to hone detective skills as logical as they are improbable. Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Gilbert's series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine."
A research-loving Virginia librarian digs up entirely too much information for her own good. Read full book review >
RECORD OF A NIGHT TOO BRIEF by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Kawakami marks the literary map of Japan with a warning that beyond here lie dragons—or snakes and ghosts, at any rate. Astonishing, strange, and wonderful."
A supersurreal triad of stories from Japanese novelist Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >

THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO by Jussi Valtonen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A contemporary novel that doesn't lose sight of perennial dilemmas."
American and Finnish families struggle with technology, immigration, and the unintended consequences of their own actions. Read full book review >
BURY THE PAST by James L'Etoile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"L'Etoile (At What Cost, 2016) vividly evokes the chaotic license to kill that pervasive official corruption releases. Too bad he's determined to weigh this tale down with so many procedural details and acronyms that even the characters complain about them."
Just because you've sent up a crooked cop for 10 years doesn't mean he can't still run rings around you, both while he's in prison and after he's freed on a technicality. Read full book review >
A CASE OF SYRAH, SYRAH by Nancy J. Parra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Here's hoping any future Wine Country outings uncork the heroine's wit and downplay her grit. A trip from Get Advice to Ignore Advice to Now I'm in Trouble is no one's favorite itinerary."
The author of the Baker's Treat (Flourless to Stop Him, 2015, etc.) and Perfect Proposals (Newlywed Dead, 2016, etc.) series adds booze to her mix of food and love to kick off her Wine Country series. Read full book review >
SIGNAL LOSS by Garry Disher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"There are so many felonies in this quiet corner of Australia, in fact, that jurisdictional squabbles loom larger and larger as the criminals get tangled in multiple nets before Disher sorts it all out with consummate professionalism and just a trace of regret."
Another crime wave—actually two separate waves—for the sorely tried police in the back of the Australian beyond. Read full book review >
DANDELIONS by Yasunari Kawabata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"World literature lost a fine voice with Kawabata's death, to which this elegantly puzzling work stands as testimonial."
Pensive last novel by Kawabata, unfinished at the time of the author's 1972 suicide but still capable of standing on its own. Read full book review >
IN THE FALL THEY COME BACK by Robert Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Vivid details and tricky situations fail to come together to create a compelling or meaningful story."
A young teacher mismanages relationships with his students at a small private school in Virginia. Read full book review >
BLOODSTAINS WITH BRONTË by Katherine Bolger Hyde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"This sequel to Arsenic with Austen (2016) is pleasant but predictable, with just enough intrigue to prevent it from becoming Zzzz's with Zola."
Murder is the main course at a fancy-dress fundraiser. 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 >