Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

PEST CONTROL by Bill Fitzhugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"A first novel that's not sharply enough written to offer serious competition to Florida farceurs Hiaasen and Shames, but consistently sunny and good-humored. (Film rights to Warner Brothers)"
A sweetly comic thriller that finally answers the age-old question: What if a sad-sack New York exterminator got his antennae crossed with the professionals who wipe out Homo sapiens? Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Zachary Alan Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"An absorbing suspenser from newcomer Fox that makes especially vivid use of setting and of its countdown format."
A lone sociopath seizes a school bus carrying 27 handicapped children, and the world's eyes focus on a small town in the California desert for an edgy 48 hours. Read full book review >

IRISH MAGIC II by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"A bedtime bonbon for the ladies."
Companion volume to the paperback Irish Magic, ambitiously subtitled ``Four Unforgettable Novellas of Love and Enchantment.'' In Susan Wiggs's sexy ``The Changeling,'' Hank Farrell of Muleshoe, Texas, sells his ranch and brings his grandmother's ashes to the Irish coast to be scattered. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB by Mike Magnuson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Just another tale of a white guy lost in a hard, violent world, but Magnuson's arresting prose and perfectly tuned ear for dialogue render the journey unforgettable. (Regional author tour)"
A white Wisconsin factory worker and a black college graduate team up as repo men, working the mean streets of Columbus, Ohio, in this unsettling but always surefooted dark comedy by a first-time Florida writer. Read full book review >
AN ARMY OF ANGELS by Pamela Marcantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Historical fiction of the best kind: intelligent, lively, and persuasive."
A great sweep of a debut that vividly illuminates history and religious faith as it tells the story of Joan of Arc, the saint with an attitude, who restored France to the French. Read full book review >

CUL-DE-SAC by David Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Expert technique pretty much wasted on sadistic excess."
Another gruesome and rudely funny thriller from the author of Lie to Me (1990), Bring Me Children (1992), and other vivid exercises in contemporary Grand Guignol. Read full book review >
ACTS OF LOVE by Judith Michael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"The love story, though, is a winner. (Radio satellite tour)"
The husband-and-wife writing team (A Tangled Web, 1994, etc.) strikes gold again with yet another likely bestseller: an insider's view of the New York theater scene. Read full book review >
VEGAS HEAT by Fern Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Marcus Reed, and the introduction of a new and (of course) suspect branch of the family."
Michaels's second in her highly touted trilogy (Vegas Rich, 1996) is more like Vegas lukewarm: Far too many characters' personalities flip-flop 180 degrees, and an overabundance of fatal illnesses, vicious betrayals, reunions with never-before-met relatives, and general excess dilute the story instead of intensifying it. Read full book review >
ASK DR. MUELLER by Cookie Mueller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Essential reading for bohos, dropouts, and poseurs of every stripe and era."
Engaging, depressing, and remarkably free of artifice, these vignettes of 1980s low life by the late downtown actress and performance artist may not succeed in capturing her scene as well Henry Miller did his—but they make an impressive attempt. Read full book review >
THE DANCING FLOOR by Barbara Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"The supernatural stuff never gets silly or overblown, while Michaels's own subtle touch lends an effective air of spookiness to an intriguing study of a woman's coming into her own. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
After some 25 novels, Michaels (Houses of Stone, 1993, etc. etc.) by now has got her routine down pat, and this latest is no different: It won't knock your socks off, but the intrigue just won't quit. Read full book review >
BELIEVERS by Charles Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

No one will ever accuse Baxter of literary frivolity—and that's the problem. Read full book review >
VAN GOGH'S BAD CAFê by Frederic Tuten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"The New York scene, though, is far less compelling, leaving a mismatch in intensity that's hard to overlook, no matter how much one might want to."
Again blurring the lines between past and present, fact and fancy, Tuten (Tintin in the New World, 1993, etc.) reconfigures his familiar theme of love's totemic urgency, here pitting the needs of Vincent van Gogh against those of a late-20th-century rival in Manhattan's East Village. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >