Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

MY YEAR OF MEATS by Ruth L. Ozeki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Character gems and exquisite plotting make this a treasure to read, but the real sizzle is in the take on beef: grilled between Oprah and Ozeki, every burger now deserves a long, hard look. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
A much-hyped debut from documentary filmmaker Ozeki proves well worth the fuss, as a tale both heartwarming and horrific of two women—one American, one Japanese—curiously allied in a struggle against the determination of the meat industry to make the world safe for hormone-laced American beef. Read full book review >
GHOST COUNTRY by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Still, Paretsky's ambitious, ambiguously religious novel earns an honorable place in the gallery of straight fiction by mystery writers from P.D. James's Innocent Blood to Walter Mosley's RL's Dream."
The Holy Spirit, or someone very like her, appears on the mean Chicago streets usually watched over by Paretsky's detective V.I. Warshawski (Windy City Blues, 1995, etc.)—and, brother, is she in a state. Read full book review >

THE WILLOW TREE by Jr. Selby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"It's becoming increasingly apparent that he's fated to be remembered as a one-book wonder."
The first novel in 12 years from the once-notorious author of Last Exit to Brooklyn is an embarrassingly cartoonish amalgam of West Side Story, Edward Lewis Wallant's The Pawnbroker, and—I kid you not—Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Read full book review >
LONDON HOLIDAY by Richard Peck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A thoroughly silly, predictable tale from a prolific YA author."
A slight story about three girlhood friends, now in midlife crisis, who take a London holiday that miraculously takes care of all their problems. Read full book review >
LOVE AMONG THE ORIENTALS by Maxine Glassman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Glassman's knowledge of and fondness for rugs is the singular strength of an otherwise wan debut outing, in which the sex is more busy than erotic and the rug-theft subplot is a half-woven afterthought."
A cloying celebration of the sexual high-jinks of the employees of a Boston rug store, punctuated by a ho-hum mystery about stolen carpets. Read full book review >

THE ODD SEA by Frederick Reiken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A beautiful, unsentimental work. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
A meditative and elegiac first novel that's doomed to comparisons with Judith Guest's Ordinary People, though it's a much better book. Read full book review >
PASSING REMARKS by Helen Hodgman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A postmodern tale that crackles with intelligence and wit."
Intimations of immortality as a 50-year-old Australian woman in love with a much younger woman are lightened by stylish writing and deft comedic touchesin award-winning Hodgman's first US appearance. Read full book review >
THE BUFFALO COMMONS by Richard S. Wheeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Thrumming at an appreciably deeper level of feeling than ever before, Wheeler should attract fresh readers."
Multipublishable Montanan Wheeler, who apparently writes with three hands at once (over 30 novels, and see below), and who won the Spur Award for Sierra (1996), now gets doubly serious in treating a controversial modern subject: Laslo Honorey, a zillionaire, wants to defeat the spread of agribusiness on the High Plains and—along with federal regulators and environmentalists—nationalize thousands of miles of grasslands and rebuild them as buffalo grazing grounds (a "buffalo commons"). Read full book review >
BLACK FEATHERS by Cecilia Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"To avoid narcosis, full hormonal participation is required."
A debut collection featuring 23 tales devoted to erotic fantasy. Read full book review >
THE LAKE DREAMS THE SKY by Swain Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The story soars off into an astonishing climax, nicely mingling the mundane and marvelous and once again demonstrating Wolfe's stirring, original power as a storyteller."
Rock-ribbed Montana love story. Read full book review >
W9 by Carlo Gébler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

A first collection of 18 stories from novelist GÇbler (The Cure, 1994, not reviewed; etc.), writing from Northern Ireland, ranges near and far to provide gritty closeups of life's less-distinguished moments, when desperation most overwhelms. Read full book review >
THE DIRTY SHAME HOTEL by Ron Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A Sherwood Anderson for our time—funny, ironic, inventive, brimming with sympathy."
Poet Block's story debut is a find: droll tales full of real, rumpled, irony-laden life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >