Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

THE COLUMNIST by Jeffrey Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A guilty pleasure for readers who want reassurance that they're smarter, nicer, and more honest than the press."
New Yorker senior editor Frank's first novel is the faux memoir of an ambitious, monumentally obtuse Washington columnist whose "chief flaw is an inability to recognize [his] other flaws." Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"The definitive collection of science fiction's greatest humorist—and this is only the first volume."
Thirty-three gems, most of which still shine brightly, written between 1946-94, by the frequently anthologized, and highly original, science fiction master. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF DEATH by Paul Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"His many fans, especially Greek history buffs, will doubtless enjoy this excursion."
The author deserts 14th-century England and Ancient Egypt (The Mask of Ra, 1999, etc.) to focus on the rivalry between Greece's Alexander the Great and Persia's King Darius in 334 b.c. Read full book review >
GRAND AMBITION by Lisa Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A grand ambition that thins into the disappointing."
A near-miss of a first novel about the seductions of ambition and fame, in the fact-based story of a honeymooning couple who set off in 1928 to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon. Read full book review >
THE MASTER EXECUTIONER by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Two years ago, Estleman completed his Detroit quintet with Thunder City, a series that deserves reprint in a single volume that can rest somewhere between Dreiser and Norris."
Thirty years in the life of a master craftsman—a hangman—from his first hanging to his displacement by the infamous electric chair. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Amiable manifestations of the bard's life and times, though without the sheer driving éclat of, say, last year's Mrs. Shakespeare, The Complete Works, by Robert Nye."
Berkman debuts with ten pleasant albeit airy historicals about episodes in Shakespeare's life or characters in his plays. Read full book review >
MORAL HAZARD by Kate Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Odd pastiche of elegy and parody: an intelligent and at times genuinely moving story that seems afraid to take itself seriously."
A sharp if somewhat aimless account of an artistic young woman who takes a job as a Wall Street speechwriter to pay for her husband's medical bills. Read full book review >
MAD TOY by Roberto Arlt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"In addition to the novel's own considerable interest, Aynesworth's illuminating remarks about Arlt's vigorous 'polyglot style' shed further light on a richly entertaining and unquestionably important work."
This is the first (1926) novel published by the neglected Argentinian postmodernist writer (1900-42) whose phantasmagoric The Seven Madmen (English translation, 1999) rivals the masterpieces of Cortázar, García Márquez, and Onetti. Read full book review >
KNIGHT OR KNAVE by Andre Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A solid, if unexciting, independently intelligible addition to the series: should please fans and newcomers alike."
Second in the series begun with To the King a Daughter (2000). Read full book review >
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS by Anna Cheska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Entertaining enough for a quick read, but nothing more."
A pat and pale mini-soap opera, set in an English village, from second-novelist Cheska (Moving to the Country, 2001). Read full book review >
A FIFTH OF NOVEMBER by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2001

"The rhetoric is gorgeous, but the pace is too often funereal. Not, therefore, one of West's real triumphs—but a failure that many novelists might well envy."
West's 19th novel (after OK and Dry Danube, both 2000) painstakingly fictionalizes the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Catholic conspirators led by Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament, and in the process murder England's anti-Catholic King James I and his chief ministers. Read full book review >
THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK by Thisbe Nissen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2001

"A mostly satisfying rendition of the complex mother-daughter relationship, told with edgy humor and deep sympathy."
An episodic first novel of divorce, motherhood, and coming-of-age in Manhattan of the 1970s and '80s, by the author of the story collection Out of the Girls' Room and Into the Night (1999). 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 >