Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

OUTSIDE IS THE OCEAN  by Matthew  Lansburgh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Arresting and pointed."
Fifteen short stories follow a German immigrant mother and her two children over the span of 50 years. Read full book review >
THE LIARS' ASYLUM by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A fine collection that amply demonstrates Appel's gifts."
These eight short stories explore the author's continuing preoccupation with secrets, lies, illusions, and the uncertainties of love. Read full book review >

THE WEIGHT by Hubert Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A thoughtful and highly readable legal thriller."
A famous Texas trial lawyer becomes a plaintiff in this third installment of a series. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SWORDS by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"When fine writer and expert editor Dozois beckons, authors deliver—and this surely will be one of the year's essential anthologies."
Dozois, an indefatigable editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, 2017, etc.), introduces an all-new compendium of 16 original stories, many set in their authors' established fantasy universes. Read full book review >
UNQUIET SPIRITS by Bonnie MacBird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A superior pastiche which, like the early work of Sena Jeter Naslund and Laurie R. King, is less interested in looking back to 1889, its nominal setting, than in refitting the Great Detective to modern sensibilities."
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson tangle with murder, vinicultural sabotage, and reputed ghosts in a Scottish whisky baron's estate. Read full book review >

THE OBAMA INHERITANCE by Gary Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A surprising, though sometimes frustrating, collection that uses genre fiction to confront the impact of Obama's presidency on the white American psyche."
In this collection of stories edited by Phillips (Orange County Noir, 2010, etc.) and inspired by the racist backlash to Barack Obama's presidency, 15 writers grapple with—and parody—white America's fear of the 44th president. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS by Barbara Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The second series entry is an especially enjoyable cozy for lovers of vintage toys and surprise endings."
Could classic comic books be a motive for murder? Read full book review >
A HUNT IN WINTER by Conor Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The window Brady (The Eloquence of the Dead, 2016, etc.) provides into the everyday lives of ordinary Irishmen caught in a dramatic moment gives his third entry a combination of the best elements of police procedurals and historical mysteries."
Murder and politics make for strange bedfellows in 1888 Dublin, when Ireland is still chafing under British rule. Read full book review >
QUARRY'S CLIMAX by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Plenty of fatalities, but you won't mourn them, since they're all a lot more forgettable than the vintage '70s soundtrack that seems to be pounding away in every room in Memphis."
A 1970s hit man who starred in last year's Cinemax series gets his strangest assignment to date: to prevent an unknown rival contractor from killing his target. Read full book review >
CHARLATAN by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An impressive compendium of an important career—Mazza's work shines."
A chronological compilation of Mazza's (Something Wrong With Her, 2013, etc.) substantial body of short fiction, spanning the years 1979 to 2013. Read full book review >
IN THE CAGE by Kevin Hardcastle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A crime novel with the pulse of a sports drama and the bitter toxicity of the best country noir."
A mixed martial arts gladiator falls prey to local hoodlums when he and his family return home to rural Ontario. Read full book review >
A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Fans of Willis' gently comic speculative fiction will love this collection, and it will also appeal to readers looking to get into the holiday spirit."
A collection of Christmas stories with just the right blend of sugar and spice. 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 >