Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

BIRTHRIGHT by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Improbable plot is kept humming smoothly by Roberts (Midnight Bayou, 2001, etc.), whose fans oughta love it."
Archaeologist finds a lost tribe: hers. Read full book review >
SCRATCH by Troon McAllister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"McAllister aims frequently for high-impact wackiness but generally achieves a lukewarm silliness."
There are precious few ways to make golf interesting to read about, much less funny, as the pseudonymous McAllister (a.k.a. Lee Gruenfeld) makes abundantly clear. Read full book review >

I AM NOT JACKSON POLLOCK by John Haskell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Intellectually dazzling, emotionally chilly, and bound to provoke."
Nine intriguing debut pieces explore the point where art and life intersect—or collide—in the lives of artists, performers and movie characters. Read full book review >
GILGAMESH by Joan London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"London's story gradually works up a head of steam and by the end becomes quite engrossing—even if the two-souls-caught-in-the-maelstrom-of-history theme comes across as a poor knockoff of Dr. Zhivago."
First novel, as well as a first US appearance, for Australian author London: the story of an Australian woman who travels halfway around the world in pursuit of the man she loves. Read full book review >
THE LAND BETWEEN by Cathryn Hankla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"By no means a failure, but this potentially fascinating second novel (after A Blue Moon in Poorwater, 1988) doesn't add up to the sum of its arresting parts."
The fate of the planet and the burdens shouldered by people paranormally attuned to its rhythms are the themes explored in this lyrical, uneven fiction. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Hardyesque fantasy, hard to fathom."
Brooding first novel set in rural England. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED ZEBEDEE? by Wilkie Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Stylish and superlative entertainment: perfect for a wintry eve with the wind howling dutifully outside."
Collins's genius for intricate plotting and breakneck narrative pacing is vividly displayed in these two stories written after his masterpieces The Woman in White, Armadale, and The Moonstone. Read full book review >
LIFE OF A GOOD-FOR-NOTHING by Joseph Von Eichendorff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A delightful tale, featuring a Candide who wouldn't think of exerting himself to cultivate his garden, preferring instead to sit back and smell the flowers."
Unflappable Epicureanism suffuses this 1826 novella by a German Romantic writer (1788-1857) best known for his lyrical lieder. Read full book review >
THE SQUABBLE by Nikolai Gogol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

The great gifts for farcical detail and satiric characterization that distinguish such later masterpieces as Dead Souls and "The Government Inspector" are amply displayed in these three earlier stories, set in Gogol's native Ukraine (a.k.a. Read full book review >
SCRIBLERUS by Alexander Pope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"One wonders how it ever drifted out of the canon."
This malicious and energetic (and little-known) satire on intellectual pretensions is an important rediscovery: a fugitive text published in 1741 in the great Augustan poet's collected prose works, though written much earlier by Pope, with the help of his crony, physician-wit-bon vivant John Arbuthnot (and possibly with help from their mutual friend Jonathan Swift). Read full book review >
BROWN EYES BLUE by Carolyn Meyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A deftly told tale that will charm more than it surprises."
A perceptive, clear-eyed take on the familiar three-generations-of-women-finding-redemption theme. Read full book review >
CALL WAITING by Dianne Blacklock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Derivative dialogue, trite plot, a big ho-hum debut."
Lackluster chick-lit from Down Under. 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 >