Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

DISORDERLY CONDUCT by Mary Feliz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2018

"An enticing fourth series installment thanks to an engaging cast."
In Feliz's (Dead Storage, 2017, etc.) murder mystery, amateur sleuth and professional organizer Maggie McDonald comes to the aid of her best friend, whom the cops suspect of murder. Read full book review >
HOOSIER HYSTERIA by Meri Henriques  Vahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2018

"This well-paced narrative absorbingly depicts a handful of lives in Indiana in a pivotal year."
A New Yorker faces challenges at a Midwestern college as the turmoil of the 1960s erupts in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

THE OTHER WOMAN by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Gripping as always and grimly realistic."
Gabriel Allon is back in action. Read full book review >
SAMMY'S SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN by Mike Petrik
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"Perseverance has its rewards. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sammy's Halloween tricks are no treat for his family when they last the whole year. Read full book review >
OK, MR. FIELD by Katharine Kilalea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An auspicious debut that challenges the reader to follow the progress of mental distress and bravely offers little relief from the painful sight."
A concert pianist finds his life and mind drifting after an accident damages his hand in this gloomy, evocative novel. Read full book review >

SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut."
A young magician who cannot cast magic must prove himself in other ways in the first installment of a new fantasy series from de Castell (Tyrant's Throne, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect."
Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman's relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she's infertile. Read full book review >
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"There's not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud."
Headley, a writer of juvenile fiction (Aerie, 2016, etc.) and fantasy, steps into the adult world with this spot-on reimagining of a classic of Old English literature. Read full book review >
TACKY GOBLIN by T. Sean Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Inventive, funny, grotesque, and ribald—a book with something for everyone as long as no one demands that it makes sense."
A collection of dated diary-style entries that come together to form nothing quite as conclusive as a novel, Steele's debut chronicles a coming-of-age story for the surrealist in us all. Read full book review >
COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read—one of Macomber's best."
A lonely woman finds love in a charming seaside town in Macomber's (Merry and Bright, 2017, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HABIT OF SORROW by Victoria Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The beating hearts of Patterson's characters and the directness of her voice make the grim material bearable, sometimes almost hopeful."
The West Coast characters inhabiting these 16 stories from Patterson (The Little Brother, 2015) vary in age and socio-economic status, but all are caught in an acute struggle against emotional loss and personal failure. Read full book review >
GODS OF WOOD AND STONE by Mark Di Ionno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The national pastime is the backdrop for an incisive exploration of manhood in modern America."
The game of baseball and a passion for traditional values bring two men into an unlikely confrontation. 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 >