Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

THE PRACTICAL HEART by Allan Gurganus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"One of contemporary fiction's most ebullient and versatile stylists strikes again—straight to the heart."
Four novellas, each in its own way elegiac and tributary, from the accomplished North Carolinian author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989) and Plays Well with Others (1997). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2001

"A less WASP-ish Twain, but as eccentric as ever."
In a gathering of 13 stories written over four decades, the creator of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn turns his attention to unconventional girls and women. Read full book review >

EMBERS by Sándor Márai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"A major rediscovery, arguably comparable to those of Bruno Schulz, Leo Perutz, and Joseph Roth. A small, beautifully fashioned masterpiece."
The first English translation of a brooding, densely atmospheric, forgotten 1942 novel whose eminent Hungarian expatriate author (b. 1900) committed suicide, while living in the US, in his 89th year. Read full book review >
BILLY BOY by Bud Shrake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"Sentimental but never treacly, sweet but not cloying: a sprightly jeu d'esprit, with some solid golfing advice thrown in for good measure."
Texan sportswriter Shrake is probably best known as Harvey Penick's co-author (Harvey Penick's Little Red Book and If You Play Golf You're My Friend, 1993), but he's also written eight novels solo (The Borderland, not reviewed, etc.) before this brief coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >
REBECCA’S TALE by Sally Beauman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"More an endless explanation than a sequel."
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . and again and again. Estate-authorized remake of the classic Daphne du Maurier suspense novel, unimaginatively told from several points of view, in exhausting detail. Read full book review >

THE FAMILY by Mario Puzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"The old, black magic just isn't here. The Family is Godfather Lite. Eminently skippable."
The late (1920-99) Puzo's last novel, completed by his companion Gino, is historical fiction, about the 15th-century Borgia clan—a book on which Puzo had worked sporadically since 1983. Read full book review >
A FALSE SENSE OF WELL BEING by Jeanne Braselton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"A solid tale of country-fried suburban woes with few surprises."
Southern families and crumbling marriages are center stage in a capable if routine debut. Read full book review >
FUNERAL IN BLUE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"As usual, however, the principals' many ringing speeches show them equally exercised over more timeless problems of love and betrayal."
Perry's latest sojourn among the other Victorians begins with a double mystery for private inquiry agent William Monk's nurse wife. Read full book review >
BLOWBACK by Eric James Fullilove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Slapdash plotting, careless prose, a hero not-to-like: give it a pass."
The president's national security advisor is black, brilliant, brave, and boring, in this dreary shoot-'em-up by the author of The Stranger (not reviewed). Read full book review >
SEIZING AMBER by Jonathan Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A true and proper international thriller whose generously sketched characters quickly grow on you."
Blackmailers, spies, and aristocrats try to outsmart each other in the race to find an ancient chamber of divinely beautiful design. Read full book review >
CLUB REVELATION by Allan Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A strangely passive-aggressive performance that undercuts its own best moments."
Appel (High Holiday Sutra, 1997) offers another tale of the lighter/darker side of spiritual hunger, this time in the story of an evangelical restaurateur on Manhattan's heavily Jewish Upper West Side. Read full book review >
WHEN BUTTERFLIES KISS by Sékou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Except for occasional moments of insight and power, the story is disjointed and uneven, and no more titillating than it is tangible."
A collaborative effort of ten lesser-known African-American writers (including the publisher), and a variation on the popular, sex-laced 1960s serial novel Naked Came the Stranger. 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 >