Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM by Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2015

"Like Portis' True Grit, an American fable told with literary nuance."
Taylor (The Marrowbone Marble Company, 2010, etc.) draws a morality tale from Appalachian coal country, "a place cinched by the hills…[that] watched over man's thin attempt at living."Read full book review >
The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2015

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >

THE JEWISH DOG by Asher Kravitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2015

"A remarkable achievement. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
In 1930s Germany, an exceptionally intelligent dog is born into a Jewish family. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH SPY by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"This page-turner deepens Allon's legend and illuminates more of his shadowy world, all while cementing Silva's place among the top tier of spy thriller writers."
Gabriel Allon may be a talented, world-renowned restorer of classic paintings, but he's willing to kneecap a Russian spy if necessary. Read full book review >
These Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin' by Kalan Chapman Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"With sparkling wit, Southern charm, and a steady pace, Miss Lilly has hit her stride."
Lloyd's (Home Is Where Your Boots Are, 2015) second book in the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly series finds small-town lawyer Lilly Atkins kicking herself after shooting her ex-boyfriend in the foot. Read full book review >

A BIG ENOUGH LIE by Eric Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A blunt, effective debut."
A debut novel about war, writing, and the mutability of facts. Read full book review >
THE MAP OF CHAOS by Félix J. Palma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"And never mind the loose ends: there's another volume on the way, and we look forward to it."
What lies on the other side of the beyond? Does The Shadow know? Certainly the Invisible Man does, and therein lies a knot in Palma's (The Map of the Sky, 2012, etc.) newest delightful puzzler.Read full book review >
VIRAL by Emily Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A rich collection that takes the familiar obsessions of love and loneliness and views them from uncanny angles in ways that are magical, cutting, and intensely recognizable."
Mitchell (The Last Summer of the World, 2007) offers readers 12 distinct stories that combine the mundane and the very strange to turn ordinary life inside out, examining familiar feelings through a lens of bizarre and sometimes-magical details.Read full book review >
DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Dickens himself would be proud of Jarvis' capture of so huge a slice of life. Humane and funny, though the Heditor might have taken a sterner hand here and there."
Beguiling, entertaining novel of Dickensian England, cramming most of the island and its most interesting characters into 800 teeming pages. Read full book review >
TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won't do to protect each other."
During her husband's 1966 congressional run, Christina "Tiny" Hardcastle realizes her picture-perfect life has more than a few cracks and that maybe the time has come to be true to herself rather than to the glossy facade she has created. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A charming novel that believes in the healing properties of fiction, romance, and a summer in the south of France."
This newly translated German bestseller is a warmhearted, occasionally sentimental account of letting go of the old loves to make room for new. Read full book review >
THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >