Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

CUBA by Emily Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Altogether, a gripping piece of travelogue fiction spiked with an unnerving amount of psychological tension. Just right for the backpacker set."
A nice married couple from Brighton take a year's sabbatical to Cuba only to have their not-quite-as-nice neighbor from home turn up there as well. Read full book review >
LEAVING CECIL STREET by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Heartfelt fourth from McKinney-Whetstone (Blues Dancing, 1999, etc.), who has a true talent for strong characters, effortlessly natural dialogue, and prose that flows."
A West Philly block in 1969. Read full book review >

THE GRAVE OF GOD’S DAUGHTER by Brett Ellen Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Sort of a Polish-American Peyton Place: a touching portrait of childhood innocence on a collision course with worldly experience—though it ultimately goes far, far over the edge."
First novel about a young girl in a Pennsylvania mill town who grows up prematurely by discovering a family secret laid to rest years before. Read full book review >
THE PRIESTLY SINS by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Not unlike a booklength Reader's Digest anecdote. Not that there's anything wrong with Reader's Digest."
The prolific Jesuit chronicler of lusty Catholic life in America weighs in on the priestly sex scandal, putting the bulk of the blame on the bishops. Read full book review >
HEAVEN LIES ABOUT US by Eugene McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Heart-rending without a trace of sentimentality. McCabe's eye is as sharp as his tongue, which has an edge that could cut glass."
Twelve stories, all set in rural Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries. Read full book review >

NOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN YOUR HEART by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"An overwrought pastiche of muddled thinking."
An aging writer relates the lessons she's learned from life—an unconvincing mix of the politically correct and fabulous—while navigating the Colorado and Amazon rivers. Read full book review >
ELEVEN MINUTES by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Down-to-earth dialogue and detail about classy whoring: one of Coelho's strongest."
The Brazilian Coelho, whose inspirational fables have sold about 50 million copies in 150 countries in 57 languages, at times persuades reviewers with his talent but often is seen as gucky and spiritually challenged. Read full book review >
THE ENDS OF OUR TETHERS by Alasdair Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Let Gray be Gray, and he won't disappoint you."
A most curious collection of semiautobiographical stories, from the veteran Scots author (the Whitbread-winner Poor Things, 1993; etc.) and graphic artist. Read full book review >
MY FATHER’S FIGHTER by Ronald K. Fried
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"A fresh and amiable story that offers a fascinating glimpse of the inner world of boxing and manages to make it appear equally shabby and attractive."
From boxing enthusiast/TV producer Fried (Corner Men, 1991): a first novel about the transformation of a nerdy Manhattan English teacher into a prizefight manager. Read full book review >
THE GHOST IN THE EIFFEL TOWER by Olivier Bleys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"A fictional soufflé: airy and insubstantial, but really rather sweet."
Dark doings in Paris in 1887 as engineer Gustave Eiffel supervises construction of his Tower. Read full book review >
SADIKA’S WAY by Hina Haq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Haq excels at evoking Pakistani society, but too many set-piece scenes slow the pace. Still, a vivid reminder of cultural divides, and their cost."
Earnest, well-intentioned debut about a young Pakistani woman who defies tradition to make her own rules for loving and living. Read full book review >
MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Despite overplotting, then, a telling portrait of a profoundly stressed family."
Picoult's latest chronicle of family travail (Second Glance, 2003, etc.) highlights the consequences of deliberately conceiving a child genetically compatible with a mortally ill sibling. 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 >