Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

SMALL G by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Aimless and uninteresting tale that would have been best left to the archives."
A meandering story of gay and straight life in modern Zurich, the last fiction by Highsmith (Nothing That Meets the Eye, 2002, etc.) before her death in 1995. Read full book review >
SHAMELESS by Paul Burston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"A friend-triangle so busy with the bright lights of the big city that it never quite decides whether to be a fun read or a morality tale. It ends up a slick but unrewarding mix of the two."
Two gay men and their pseudo-hag go looking for love and drugs in the London club scene. Read full book review >

THE HOLLYWOOD DODO by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Nicholson's sometimes-sharp lines don't make up for thin characters, worn subjects, and a way-too-clever narrative construct."
Pretentious comic novel about a London doctor who can't escape a life that's too much like a bad movie. Read full book review >
THE DOG FIGHTER by Marc Bojanowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"A bold conception, though Bojanowski's big lug just isn't interesting enough to hold our interest."
In 1940s Mexico, men fight dogs to the death, though violence isn't confined just to the ring. Read full book review >
THE BOTOX DIARIES by Janice Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Ho-hum debut supposedly set in Manhattan—the place names and designer brands are right—but totally lacking in attitude, hustle, and flavor."
Forty-plus and loving it—well, sort of. Read full book review >

DEAD LINES by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"The final close, though, is a quiet-as-dust epilogue."
The Big Sleep meets Dean Koontz in Bear's first big leap into mainstream fiction after a lifetime of high-grade SF (Darwin's Children, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PERFECT AMERICAN by Peter Stephan Jungk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Sharp as a razor: The Perfect American says more about Disney, and the seduction of megalomania, than a stack of biographies."
And, no, there's absolutely no weighted meaning in that title. Read full book review >
THE LAST KING by Nichelle D. Tramble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Then the story dips into deep-snoop dialogue and takes off for Hammett heaven. Slow start turns into a great grabber."
Sequel to Tramble's debut, The Dying Ground (2001), continuing the story of Maceo Redfield. Read full book review >
BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"A standard-issue mystery enhanced by elegant prose and a strong period flavor."
It's 1930s London, and sleuth Maisie Dobbs is coping with painful personal woes while tracking a devious multiple murderer. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FOR NONE by Gene Hackman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Great small-town period detail with standard-issue courtroom scenes, a few too many stock characters, and an appropriately bitter twist ending."
Absorbing but by-the-numbers courtroom melodrama, with all the moral complexities, last-minute revelations, and gavel-pounding histrionics that the genre requires. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST AT STEPHANIE’S by Sue Margolis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Rife with female frivolity, punchy one-liners, and sex. Margolis (Apocalipstick, 2003, etc.) is at her best when she veers from the shenanigans and lets us glimpse our heroine in her poignant everyday struggles."
Love conquers all, though you'll wish it wouldn't. Read full book review >
GOING TOPLESS by Megan McAndrew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"A smooth, engrossing debut."
Two sets of sisters reunite tensely on a Mediterranean island to honor their dead patriarch. 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 >