Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

LOW COUNTRY by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"A treat for Siddons fans. ($250,000 ad/promo; radio, TV & print satellite tour)"
Familiar ground for the prolific Siddons (Up Island, 1997, etc.), though her latest saga of the South replaces gothic melodrama with well-honed emotion. Read full book review >
TAKEN IN by Beverly Coyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Emotional, interrogatory prose—heightened by omniscient commentary—memorably captures the jagged quality of a moving depiction of flawed, decent people trying to respect one another's differences and do the right thing."
A dramatic and unusually quirky portrayal of a shattered Florida family, by the author of The Kneeling Bus (1993) and In Troubled Waters (1990). Read full book review >

DESMOND by Ulysses G. Dietz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"And breathe easy, Anne."
A first novel (subtitled A Novel About Love and the Modern Vampire), that hopes to redefine vampire lore by creating an immortal whose life is dominated by human desires and problems. Read full book review >
FEARLESS by Lucia St. Clair Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"More richly detailed historical fiction from an author who writes only what she absolutely wants to—and has a good time doing it."
Robson (Mary's Land, 1995, etc.), who only recently moved to hardcover, continues to turn just-the-facts into highly realistic historical fiction, filled with strongly focused characters and glowing with phosphorescent detail. Read full book review >
THE LAST RESORT by Alison Lurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"No great revelations, but a strong story from a sharp observer of the American social scene. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
Beach reading with brains and bite from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of manners Lurie (Foreign Affairs, 1984; Women and Ghosts, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

MRS. EINSTEIN by Anna McGrail
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"10)."
A powerful imagination and sure grasp of modern developments in mathematics and physics are the chief distinguishing virtues of this superb second novel by the British author of Blood Sisters (not reviewed). Read full book review >
THIS IS MY DAUGHTER by Roxana Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"A thoughtful, tender tale by one of our finest exponents of traditional realistic fiction."
Another sensitive examination of universal emotions in the hearts of affluent WASPs from Robinson, in a novel that depicts a second marriage imperiled by offspring from the first. Read full book review >
NIKE by Nicholas Flokos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"A cartoonish attempt at the spritely that, if amusing to some, will be wearying to others."
Flokos debuts with a fable-like tale of what it means to be Greek today. Read full book review >
QUIVER by Tobsha Learner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Silk-pajama fare, mostly female-oriented."
Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter Learner's debut hardcover is a polite sex aide for marrieds, lovers, celibates, and others who deny themselves realistically textured erotic fantasy on their own but enjoy looking at someone else's dream-sex, especially if it's as neatly written and controlled as this. Read full book review >
OBJECT OF YOUR LOVE by Dorothy Speak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Alice Munro would surely approve."
A fine collection of nine edgy, vivid stories, most of which appeared first in Canadian periodicals, by an Ottawa writer who has been hailed as "the new Alice Munro." Read full book review >
THE INNAMORATI by Midori Snyder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Captivating stuff, with a kiss of the fingers, a whisper of lace, and a stiletto up the sleeve: after this, even stubborn monoglots will find themselves mumbling in Italian."
Distinctive medieval fantasy from the author of various paperbacks (Belden's Keep, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
AMERICAN DREAMS by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Realistic detail and period color galore keep this swift-moving story grounded in the sunset of a largely agrarian America as the automobile and WWI arrive to shake the republic out of its golden idyll. (Literary Guild featured alternate)"
This sequel to prolific historical novelist Jakes's Homeland (1994, not reviewed) leads faithful readers of his Revolutionary and Civil War sagas into the 20th century and continues his roman-fleuve of the Crown Dynasty of Chicago. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >