Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

CHARLES BROCKDEN BROWN by Charles Brockden Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"An important and long-overdue homage to one of the milestone figures of our early literary history."
The Library's painstaking recovery of significant and neglected classic American writers continues with this handsome edition of the three best-known works of our first novelist of sustained achievement. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 1998 by Sue Grafton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Not the comprehensive yearbook of the genre German produces, but this year, at least, a more rewarding collection of stories."
Series editor Otto Penzler, who picked the 50 stories from which Grafton culled the 20 in this volume, has ranged far afield in search of what Grafton aptly calls crime stories, and the rewards are substantial. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1998 by Garrison Keillor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"For the trade only, as they say: a coffeetable book that few will want to crack."
Radio host Keillor (Wobegon Boy, 1997, etc.) takes a station break and puts together this year's Best American collection. Read full book review >
THE LADIES FROM ST. PETERSBURG by Nina Berberova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Here's hoping she's at work on more of Berberova's fiction."
An elegant voice from the past speaks lucidly in three fine long stories, all written decades ago by the late expatriate Russian author (1901—93) of The Accompanist (1988), The Tattered Cloak (1991), and many other works of fiction (most as yet untranslated into English). Read full book review >
INCIDENT AT TWENTY-MILE by Trevanian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Factually based and richly researched: one of the best Westerns since True Grit."
A darkly witty, smartly demythifying Western by Trevanian, best known for his ever-atypical novels in various genres (The Summer of Katya, 1983, etc.). Read full book review >

A MIDWINTER'S TALE by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"But the incidents seem to leave his character untouched, making for a rather unmoving coming-of-age-tale. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
A richly plotted, entertaining, if credulity-streching, tale follows Charles "Chucky" Cronin, an Irish-Catholic Chicagoan, during his service in postwar Germany. Read full book review >
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE by Jerry B. Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"Part of the delight here is Tom's analytical mind at work on what seems sheer fantasy: a love story not be left behind when orders for inspirational titles are filled out. (Author tour)"
Charming Christmas novel for cynics. Read full book review >
THE GRAY LOVER by Carl Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"Superlative work from one of the best newer writers on the international scene."
By the Dutch author of Nightfather (1994) and The Shovel and the Loom (1996), three long stories that explore the Jewish experience and the legacy of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
MAURICE by Mary Shelley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1998

"Tomalin's fine introduction notwithstanding, there's nothing here that merits the attention—preface, introduction, annotations, notes, bibliography—it's being given."
A children's tale, written in 1820 but only lately discovered, now published for the first time with an introduction by English biographer and critic Tomalin (Jane Austen, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
TRIP SHEETS by Ellen Hawley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 1998

"That part is okay, but the disappointment here comes from the huge emotional gaps."
First-timer Hawley attempts to build a modern tale of self-exploration but can—t make much out of her protagonist's psychological flimsiness. Read full book review >
A GLASSFUL OF LETTERS by Evelyn Conlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1998

"A splendid reworking of the standard circle-of-friends saga, and a timely and fascinating glimpse of 1990s Ireland."
Friendship, fear, and exile inform this latest from Irish novelist and storywriter Conlon (Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour, not reviewed), a brilliant epistolary work suffusing a portrait of modern Dublin with the subtle wit of Clarissa. Read full book review >
BECH AT BAY by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1998

"His best novel, 'quasi' or not, in years."
More literary and amorous adventures enjoyed and endured by "the semi-obscure American author" previously celebrated in Bech: A Book (1970) and Bech is Back (1982) . Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >