Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WE BEGIN OUR ASCENT by Joe Mungo Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Fast and smart, funny and sad, this is an outstanding sports novel, and Reed is an author to watch."
Cycling, family life, illegal substances—Reed twines them all together in his exceptional debut. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT COUPLE by Elin Hilderbrand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Sink into this book like a hot, scented bath...a delicious, relaxing pleasure. And a clever whodunit at the same time."
A wedding on Nantucket is canceled when the bride finds her maid of honor floating facedown in the Atlantic on the morning of the big day. Read full book review >

THE MELODY by Jim Crace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"With devastating understatement, Crace offers a parable for a time in which empathy has given way to callousness and fear."
A brutal parody of urban renewal and its casualties takes the guise of a domestic elegy. Read full book review >
THE GREY BASTARDS  by Jonathan French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"An addictively readable—and undeniably cool—fantasy masterwork."
French's adrenaline-fueled adventure fantasy, which features badass gangs of tattooed half-orcs on the backs of giant war hogs thundering across a lawless wasteland, is an unapologetically brutal thrill ride—like Mad Max set in Tolkien's Middle-earth. Read full book review >
TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT by Katie Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story, this novel is itself a recipe for contentment."
In her first book for adults, Williams imagines a not-too-distant future in which people find happiness with the help of machines. Read full book review >

THE SHEPHERD'S HUT by Tim Winton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Winton's story is worthy of a Peckinpah film—and splendidly written, if disturbing to the core."
Renowned Australian novelist Winton (The Boy Behind the Curtain, 2016, etc.) turns once again to the dark side of the Antipodean dream. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"As compulsively readable as it is thoughtful and moving: an unbeatable fictional combination."
Another ambitious change of pace for the versatile and accomplished Makkai (The Hundred-Year House, 2014, etc.), whose characters wrangle with the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic at its height and in its aftermath. Read full book review >
THE PHARAOH KEY by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"When the end of a book with a dying hero makes the reader laugh, that's a neat trick. This is a great cap on the series."
Doomed by a fatal illness, Gideon Crew embarks on one wild, series-ending adventure (Beyond the Ice Limit, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF MACHADO DE ASSIS by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Essential to students of Latin American and world literature."
A welcome omnibus edition of short fiction by the writer widely considered the greatest to have come out of Brazil. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A sparkling, robust young hero with a distinctive voice—a real winner."
In this novel, a 5-year-old girl (whose father is a minor Jane Austen character) makes unexpected discoveries while adventuring through Europe in search of Utopia. Read full book review >
FIGHT NO MORE by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A linked-story collection done right, with sensitive and complex characters each looking for a place to call home."
Real estate—and the anxiety and disruption that often come with moving house—drives this linked collection of Los Angeles-set tales. Read full book review >
NIGHT FALL by Simon R. Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A splendid riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, conveyed with trademark wisecracking humor, and carried out with maximum bloodshed and mayhem. In a word, irresistible."
This finale—as in final, last, ultimate, never-to-be-another—wraps up two of Green's popular and successful fantasy series, the Secret Histories (Moonbreaker, 2017, etc.) and the Nightside (The Bride Wore Black Leather, 2012, etc.).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 >