Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

RISPONDIMI by Susanna Tamaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Holy abstractions brightened by dollops of sex and violence."
Three novellas set in the author's native Italy and connected by spiritual/religious themes of good and evil, love and redemption. Read full book review >
RETURNING LOST LOVES by Yehoshua Kenaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Beautifully structured, and an eye-opening composite portrayal of a culture whose complexities we barely comprehend."
One thinks of Grand Hotel, or perhaps Terence Rattigan's popular play Separate Tables, while reading this entertaining Israeli novel, which joins in English translation its acclaimed author's earlier Musical Moment and The Way to the Cats. Read full book review >

DARK AS DAY by Charles Sheffield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"So far, it's developing into Sheffield's best series to date."
By 2097, as the solar system recovers from the catastrophic Great War, the stunningly powerful quantum-entangled computer network known as the Seine comes back to life. Read full book review >
THE WHITE CROW by Cynthia Peale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Peale wraps up her Ames trilogy (The Death of Colonel Mann, 2000; Murder at Bertram's Bower, 2001) with enough plot recaps, dreary romantic snippets, and coincidences to clog up Boston Harbor."
In a darkened room in a house on Victorian Boston's Lime Street, Caroline Ames, wistfully hoping to contact the mother who has passed over, clasps the hands of Dr. John MacKenzie, the shy beau who sits to her right, and of philanthropist Theophilus Clay on her left as she listens to medium Evangeline Sidgwick's "control" Roland as he interprets messages from the spirit world. Read full book review >
SHACKLING WATER by Adam Mansbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"A wonderful accomplishment."
Spoken-word artist and musician Mansbach debuts with the lyric story of a young tenor sax player exploring both the modern New York jazz scene and the experience of being a musician. Read full book review >

THE LAST BOY by Robert H. Lieberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Intriguing, but more a mission statement than a novel."
An empty-at-the-center ecothriller in which the disappearance, and then reappearance, of a boy in the town of Ithaca, New York, makes him a new messiah. Read full book review >
BOY STILL MISSING by John Searles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Searles has a straightforward style, but it's not suited to this overwrought story with a plot straight out of the afternoon soaps and a tacked-on happy ending."
Far-fetched, contrived debut about a troubled teenager who uncovers the secrets of his mother's past after her tragic death from a botched abortion. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Interesting, original, not for every taste."
An audacious and irreverent novel about Jesus' childhood seen through the eyes of his best pal. Read full book review >
I’M GONE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Amazingly, the shaggy tale winds up more conclusively than any of Echenoz's four previously translated novels (Big Blondes, 1997, etc.), though nearly every sentence crackles with enough sly humor to keep the author's postmodern credentials intact."
Crime novel, the 1999 Prix Goncourt-winner, that's also a whimsical tale of the eternal (and eternally rewarding) midlife search for new partners and a deadpan commentary on its own contrivances. Read full book review >
SLAVE TO FASHION by Rebecca Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sharply observed and very amusing first novel."
Misadventures in the British rag trade, from a fashion insider. Read full book review >
FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA by Jaclyn Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Adolescence, zits and all, described with wit and empathy. "
When a teenager acquires a pen-pal and a life, highs and lows alternate as dizzily as adolescent hormone levels in this engaging Australian debut. Read full book review >
THE OPEN DOOR by Latifa al-Zayyat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Oprah's people ought to have a look at this one."
This classic Egyptian novel, first published in 1960, was awarded the first Naguib Mahfouz medal for Literature in 1996. 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 >