Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A satisfyingly oddball Frankenstein-like tale of connectivity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The madcap story of a boy who loses his head and finds it again. Read full book review >
THE INTERN'S HANDBOOK by Shane Kuhn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"An entertaining, ferociously violent romp about a morally bankrupt killer trying to find his way home."
Never trust anyone under the age of 25: That cute-as-a-button intern just might be trying to blow your brains out. Read full book review >

THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit."
Doyle (Mink River, 2010, etc.) sets off with Declan O'Donnell, he of "flinty soul" and "salty confidence," sailing along the 45th parallel across the wide Pacific. Read full book review >
MIMI MALLOY, AT LAST! by Julia MacDonnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly charming story of feisty women reconnecting and healing old wounds, but this has a few uncomfortably disturbing secrets at its core."
Nearly 60 years ago, little Fagan Sheehan was sent back to Ireland, away from her sisters, father and stepmother. Whatever happened to Fagan? Read full book review >
I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The connections Lazar makes here are complex and artful, though at times bewildering even to discerning readers."
A complex tale involving Meyer Lansky, Las Vegas, an investigative reporter and the murder of an Israeli poet. Read full book review >

DOG GONE, BACK SOON by Nick Trout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Pawsitively delightful."
In the second of his Bedside Manor series, Trout (The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, 2013, etc.) highlights another week in the life of the newest veterinarian in Eden Falls, Vt. Read full book review >
IN PARADISE by Peter Matthiessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"An admirable, if muted, minor-key study of the meaning of survivorship."
The peripatetic Matthiessen (Shadow Country, 2008, etc.) ponders Auschwitz decades after the Holocaust, in a novel that's philosophical, mordant and surprisingly romantic. Read full book review >
ACTS OF GOD by Ellen Gilchrist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Overly sentimental."
Disaster becomes the impetus for renewed faith in goodness, love and spiritual uplift in these 10 stories about kindhearted Southerners from Gilchrist (A Dangerous Age, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF MAYBE by Maddie Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A messy, funny, surprising story of second chances."
Dawson's second novel (The Stuff That Never Happened, 2010) is a delightfully witty story of a 44-year-old first-time mother-to-be. Read full book review >
I'LL BE RIGHT THERE by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Shin's uncomplicated yet allusive narrative voice delivers another calmly affecting story, simultaneously foreign and familiar."
Tender and mournful, the latest novel from best-selling South Korean novelist Shin (Please Look after Mom, 2011) considers young love and loss in an era of political ferment. Read full book review >
WHAT WE HIDE by Marthe Jocelyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Poignant and often witty, this novel treats its audience to a nuanced look at the era. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A group of teens alternate narration of this irreverent historical drama set at a Quaker boarding school in England. Read full book review >
THE OTHER LANGUAGE by Francesca Marciano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"And so it goes—each of Marciano's stories is a gem, with fully realized characters wistfully and beautifully captured through dialogue that is both pensive and poignant."
Nine closely observed stories of growing up, dislocation and family relationships. Read full book review >