Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Greeley clearly likes to jump into a plot and row steadily, just to see what's up for a whole batch of characters who will, of course, at last find themselves aswim in family warmth and Christmas carols, unwrapping middlebrow presents like Younger Than Springtime."
The immensely prolific Fr. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY PAYS by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

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FREEZER BURN by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Let's hope it's just a detour."
The thing that Bill Roberts misses most about his recently defunct mom is her signature. Read full book review >
SOMETHING DANGEROUS by Patrick Redmond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"An unusually gripping, character-driven tale with low-key violence that's even scarier than the gore-on-the-floor more common to the genre. ($150,000 ad/promo)"
A quietly creepy horror debut about the calamities brought to a stodgy English public school by a rebellious student and his adoring chum. Read full book review >
GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE by Susan Vreeland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Extraordinarily skilled historical fiction: deft, perceptive, full of learning, deeply moving."
Vreeland's wonderful second outing (What Love Sees, 1996, not seen) is a novel made of stories, each delving farther into the provenance of a Vermeer painting, and each capturing a moment of life, much as the great painter did himself. Read full book review >

STONE QUARRY by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Though Rozan only borrows from the best, Bill and Lydia's sixth features a few too many echoes of The Big Sleep (the constant shootings and beatings, the tangled mystery, the last buried secret) to scale the heights of No Colder Place (1997) and A Bitter Feast (1998)."
Rozan's highly regarded traversal of p.i. subgenres leaves the city for the poisoned arcadia of upstate Schoharie, where Bill Smith's been vacationing for 18 years without disturbing any dust. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON by Kathryn Lynn Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Davis writes romances for those, d—ya ken, who like to read about hidden spirits, exchange long, sensitive hugs, and talk about their feelings endlessly."
Another volume in Davis's wordy epic of women bonding in a Scottish glen. Read full book review >
HEARTS IN ATLANTIS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"His masterpiece."
King's fat new work impressively follows his general literary upgrading begun with Bag of Bones (1998) and settles readers onto the seabottom of one of his most satisfying ideas ever. Read full book review >
DEATH TRAIN TO BOSTON by Dianne Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Light on mystery, medium-light on romantic intrigue, heavy on cliffhanger endings, Fremont's fifth (Emperor Norton's Ghost, 1998, etc.) will best please audiences who really wonder about the answers to those questions."
Forget about the title. Read full book review >
PEEL MY LOVE LIKE AN ONION by Ana Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Observant and witty, if not altogether exceptional: Castillo creates a poignant portrait of passion lost and regained."
Castillo (Loverboys, 1996, etc.) covers familiar territory here—the trials and tribulations of passion, displacement, and cultural identity—but offers a pleasing combination of the light and cheeky with the lyrically romantic. Read full book review >
BIG TROUBLE by Dave Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1999

"But a host of lesser surprises are equally welcome. (First printing of 150,000; Literary Guild featured alternate; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In his first-ever novel, prolific humorist Barry (Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, etc.) proves just how easy it is, or at least how easy he can make it seem, for any zany with Miami connections to master what he artlessly calls "the Bunch of South Florida Wackos genre." Read full book review >
CHAINS OF COMMAND by William J. Caunitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1999

"The people are genre staples, and the prose often pedestrian, but sheer storytelling power places this one among Caunitz's successes."
From the author of Pigtown (1995), etc.: a savvy, compelling police procedural, completed by Christopher Newman after Caunitz's death in 1996. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >