Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

THE PIANO TUNER by Daniel Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"An irresistible amalgam of Kipling, Rider Haggard, and Conrad at their very best. Masterful."
A rattling good story, complex characterizations, and a brilliantly realized portrayal of an alien culture—all combine to dazzling effect in this first by a California medical student who has worked and studied in the Far East. Read full book review >
SEVEN HOUSES by Alev Lytle Croutier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"In spite of all the color and pretty prose: a dull and underdeveloped saga."
Noted scriptwriter and second-novelist Croutier (The Palace of Tears, 2000) details the fall of a once-powerful family as Turkey changes from a backwater to a country allied with the West: a tale more loving ode to the past than gripping narrative. Read full book review >

A BODY IN THE BATHHOUSE by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Old fans and unhappy owners of remodeled homes will enjoy this excursion; others may send Falco a change order."
That cynical gum-sandal and paterfamilias with a heart of gold, Marcus Didius Falco (Ode to a Banker, 2001, etc.) travels to a cold and uncivilized outpost of the Empire—Britain—to take on an audit job for the Emperor, who is financing a new palace for the Togidubnus, king of the British barbarians. Read full book review >
HILDEGARDE WITHERS by Stuart Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2002

"Even so, Hildegarde's cases are remarkably fresh, generously clued, and full of sharply rendered settings and inventive touches contemporary riddlers could study with profit."
In between the 1931 debut of vinegary schoolmarm sleuth Hildegarde Withers and her Hollywood portrayal by Edna May Oliver, Palmer (1905-68) starred her in a cycle of short stories in Mystery magazine. Read full book review >
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Short, to the point, and absolutely unremarkable: sure to be another medium-hot romance-lite hit for Sparks, who at the very least can never be accused of overstaying his welcome."
A mother unburdens a story of past romance to her troubled daughter for no good reason. Read full book review >

SOLITAIRE by Kelley Eskridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Intermittently gripping and intense: a debut that dramatizes the what, confuses the how, and mostly evades the why."
In Eskridge's near future, project manager Ren "Jackal" Segura of the huge Ko corporation is a Hope, one of a handful selected by birth for fast-tracking to positions of influence in the world government. Read full book review >
POWDER by Kevin Sampson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Too bad it's not nearly as good."
Narcissism runs rampant in UK rock 'n' roll as depicted by first-novelist Sampson, who once managed a Liverpool pop group and so knows whereof he speaks. Read full book review >
SEA OF GREY by Dewey Lambdin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Sizzlingly tropical and stuffed to the beams with salty parlance."
Brilliantly styled tenth entry in the Alan Lewrie British naval series, set in the Napoleonic era (King's Captain, 2000) and written by an American. Read full book review >
Q ROAD by Bonnie Jo Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Blunt and bleak, but the vivid, varied cast and palpable sense of connection to the soil give it a stern grandeur."
Social change threatens the longtime residents of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, but the verities of land and love endure—in this dark but finally hopeful debut. Read full book review >
BLISS by Gabrielle Pina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Over-the-top melodrama, but not without its own preposterous charm."
Living large . . . but living a lie. Read full book review >
THE TOILERS OF THE SEA by Victor Hugo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Those of us who first 'read' this novel in the Classic Comics version of half a century ago will be grateful to discover that Hugo's impossibly grandiose and overblown yarn remains as perversely irresistible as ever."
Here to help celebrate the great Romantic writer's bicentennial year is a lively new translation of the least known of his massive, unruly masterpieces. Read full book review >
P.G. COUNTY by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Designer names and hackneyed plot can't liven up this tawdry, uninspired soaper from the author of Big Girls Don't Cry (1996), etc."
Schemers and sluts in Prince George County. 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 >