Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

THE LAMPLIGHTER by Anthony O’Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"As terrifying as a child's nightmares—and as wonderful as waking from them."
The Devil is afoot in old Edinburgh, holding an innocent lass as hostage. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME A FISHERMAN NAMED PETE by David Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Disarmingly simple, despite its hairpin twists and buried secrets: Spencer manages to convey the real wonder of discovering life for the first time."
A meticulously crafted coming-of-age tale by recent college graduate Spencer. Read full book review >

ALISON’S AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR MANUAL by Brad Barkley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Well-crafted, warmly treated—and unforgivably meek."
A widow repairs an old car in order to mend her broken life. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Still, the world is grateful that Heller's trick, if indeed only one, was Catch-22."
A collection of Helleriana that goes far toward showing that the author was a one-trick pony. Read full book review >
I’M NOT SCARED by Niccolo Ammaniti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Readable and slight."
A boy in rural southern Italy learns about crime firsthand when he discovers that his own father is part of a kidnapping gang. Rich in setting and detail, Ammaniti's third, his first to be published here, rests contentedly on its YA bedrock. Read full book review >

SAINT JULIAN by Jr. Wangerin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"An exquisite rendering of the ancient tale, with none of the anachronistic ironies that such updatings too often contain."
The life of the legendary medieval penitent and saint, retold with style and elegance by Wangerin (The Crying for a Vision, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BOY ON THE BUS by Deborah Schupack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Etched with clear prose that recalls Doris Lessing at her most haunting. An astounding and horrific first novel."
A mother can't understand why the young boy in her house no longer seems like her son—and with this unexpectedly impressive debut novel of psychological mystery, Schupack boldly announces her presence at the table of writers who deserve to be heard. Read full book review >
THE FLOATING WORLD by Cynthia Gralla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Pretentious and overwrought."
American coed abandons her "too-safe life" at Princeton to study dance and decadence in Tokyo. Read full book review >
GRACE by Elizabeth Nunez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Muted, somewhat anemic, minus the florid excesses of Nunez's previous four (Discretion, 2001, etc.)."
Love grows cold during a Brooklyn winter, in an equally chilly tale from Nunez. Read full book review >
THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE by Jean Vautrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Unabashedly in the tradition of Hugo: an old-fashioned narrative that builds up a head of steam quickly and has plentiful enough action to make up for the thinness of its leading players."
French Vautrin, 1989winner of the Prix Goncourt, debuts here with a sweeping epic tale of Paris under the 1871 Commune. Read full book review >
IF WISHES WERE HORSES by Merry Whiteford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"A strong, fresh, and vivid account of adolescence that doesn't sink into morbid sentimentality or hip despair."
A teenaged girl comes of age under the worst possible circumstances—in a grim but moving third novel from Whiteford (Dog People, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
WILEY’S LAMENT by Lono Waiwaiole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Plotholes here and there, but a creditable debut by a writer who speaks fluent noir."
Melancholic, existentially adrift, and as solitary as Crusoe before the advent of Friday, Wiley's in a bad way—a given, of course, in a novel so quintessentially noir. 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 >