Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

BOOGIE-WOOGIE by Danny Moynihan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2001

"Moynihan knows the right names to drop, from Basquiat to Anna Sui to Da Silvano; now all he needs to do is learn how to write a novel."
British art dealer Moynihan's fiction debut aspires to satire but achieves only a caricature of the New York art scene. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"A have-your-cake-and-eat-it romp, done with brio and not a syllable of moralizing. Newcomer Kinsella has a light touch and puckish humor."
Another bright young thing from London with a bad habit: shopping. Read full book review >

KATE HANNIGAN’S GIRL by Catherine Cookson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Another breathlessly paced, emotionally charged tale for fans of the late Cookson (1906-98)."
Overwrought but appealing melodrama set sometime after WWI in Tyneside. Read full book review >
RESURRECTING MINGUS by Jenoyne Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"In this uncompromisingly bitter depiction of love gone sour, forgiving is not forgetting, and emotional wounds never seem to heal."
An emotionally agonizing first novel that uses the disintegration of a biracial family to reveal the ties that bind siblings to parents, human beings to dubious notions about race—the story of a young professional woman yearning for loving kindness. Read full book review >
LOVE, ETC. by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Intelligent and skillful probings of marriage, love, and all that follows as the disappointing years drag on."
Barnes (England, England, 1999, etc., etc.) goes back to his 1991 ménage à trois (Talking It Over) with results that seem slight at first but deepen satisfyingly. Read full book review >

GIRL TALK by Julianna Baggott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"The stuff of farce, but Baggott's deft movement of her material is often lyrical and poignant rather that just kooky—and Lissy's consciousness is clearly enough realized so that the end of her tale doesn't fail to move."
A literary sitcom set in New England and New York, covering 15 years in a young woman's life. Read full book review >
THE HUNTED by Alan Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Jacobson rounds up the usual stick figures for yet another soapy suspenser."
In this wearisome thriller by the author of False Accusations (1999), the pivotal plot device is (brace yourself) amnesia. Read full book review >
THE GOOD BODY by Bill Gaston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2001

"Yet another good novel from Up North. Canadian fiction is more than coming into its own; it may be the wave of the immediate fictional future."
An immensely likable first US appearance for Canadian poet and novelist Gaston, who brings to engaging life the black-comic trials and tribulations of a former semipro hockey player contending with multiple sclerosis and (though he'd never call it this) separation anxiety. Read full book review >
THE CLOUD SKETCHER by Richard Rayner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2001

"Rayner (Murder Book, 1997, etc.) captures the vaunting spirit of skyscrapers and their creators with delicacy and freshness. Too bad he fell back on hackneyed plot devices."
An atmospheric, if ultimately overwrought, story of love and architecture in war-torn Finland and 1920s New York. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY OF THE YOUNG by Daniel Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2001

"Figures lifted from your own past and held up to the eye, molten with light."
Eleven short stories as refreshing as brook water from veteran Stern (Twice Told Tales, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GLASS PALACE by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2001

Solid, old-fashioned historical fiction that careens through the century, embracing a cast of characters whose lives unfold so gracefully that before you know it you've also witnessed the tragic tale of modern Burma, a country destroyed by colonialism and its aftermath. Read full book review >
LAST REFUGE OF SCOUNDRELS by Paul Lussier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2001

"A failure on every conceivable level: as narrative, as entertainment, as history, as romance, as commentary."
Forced and flimsy first novel about the American Revolution, in which the Founding Fathers are almost uniformly vain, bumbling, and greedy. 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 >