Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

THE NATURE NOTEBOOKS by Don Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2004

"Witty, intelligent activist-caper, with a thought-provoking narrative that doesn't get swamped in its own satire."
Trouble ensues when an environazi from the Left Coast hatches a plan to take down a mountain development—and seduces a few local women to help him pull it off. Read full book review >
I AM NO ONE YOU KNOW by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2004

"Vintage Oates—and very much an acquired taste."
More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business. Read full book review >

HERDING CATS by John McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2004

"Hilarious, razor-sharp, and surprisingly good-natured: Herding Cats promises to be one of the funniest books of the decade."
McCabe (Snakeskin, 2003, etc.) takes us on a comic romp through a latter-day Brigadoon: a pleasant little English village—seemingly bypassed by the modern age—that is ruined by the advent of advertising. Read full book review >
FLOATING by Nicole Bailey-Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"An overwrought and unconvincing second effort from Bailey-Williams (A Little Piece of Sky, 2002)."
Mixed race and mixed feelings—way too many feelings. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MENDING by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"A less-well-developed plot than usual, but, as always, readable."
A seemingly perfect family deliberately hides unpalatable truths that come to light only decades later. Read full book review >

THE CONFUSION by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Packed with more derring-do than a dozen pirate films and with smarter, sparklier dialogue than a handful of Pulitzer winners, this is run-and-gun adventure fiction of the most literate kind."
Stephenson's Baroque Cycle grows streamlined in a hefty but propulsive second volume. Read full book review >
MAID MARIAN by Elsa Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Soporific debut."
Men in tights and the women who love them. Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE ASYLUM by Lisa Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Not quite up to her previous two outings, but a sensitive effort from a talented writer who's entitled to a near-miss."
The author of, most recently, of In the Country of the Young (2000) again weaves a realistic romance in with a supernatural background. Read full book review >
IN HIS ARMS by Camille Laurens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Navel—or, rather, vagina—gazing loaded with literary pretensions."
A prizewining French bestseller tells of a woman obsessed with one man. It's framed within her story of a woman's obsession with men in general. Or maybe it's vice versa. Read full book review >
GOOD GRIEF by Lolly Winston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Effervescent, silly debut: so eager to please that it reads like the speech of the candidate who won't open his mouth before the polls are consulted."
A Silicon Valley widow finds the healing power of befriending people worse off than she is. Read full book review >
THE DAYDREAMING BOY by Micheline Aharonian Marcom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Marcom's second (squarely in the Joyce/Faulkner tradition) isn't easy going. It amounts to a dogged examination, through an individual consciousness, of how the beast in us, properly nurtured, is always ready to spring. A brave undertaking, if only partially successful."
An Armenian wrestles with memories of his terrible childhood, the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Turks. Marcom confronted the genocide head-on in her first novel, Three Apples Fall From Heaven (2001). Read full book review >
THE SOUTHERN BELLES OF HONEYSUCKLE WAY by Linda Bruckheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Meandering, talky, plotless—if pleasant in its way."
Y'all come back now—it's sequel time! 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 >