Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

NANTUCKET NIGHTS by Elin Hilderbrand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"One hates to see Kayla, a good Nantucketer, take it on the chin like this. But, well, for a good story? Hey."
Follow-up to Hilderbrand's debut, The Beach Club (2000), that summons up stronger plotting but is still sheer as a see-through bikini. Read full book review >
NUREMBERG: THE RECKONING by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Literate, absorbing, and thought-provoking. Buckley at his best."
The 15th novel by the conservative intellectual godfather and gadfly is a brainy thriller cut from the same cloth as Spytime (2000): fast-moving and based on historical events only all too real. Read full book review >

NARCISSUS ASCENDING by Karen McKinnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"The bare bones here could have become nothing more than a twentysomething melodrama, but McKinnon brings to it the breathtaking, self-important, urgency of youth, along with insight into the mind of the hungry artist. A gripping, revealing, entertaining debut."
A self-consciously literary but perceptive and well-paced first outing about the relationships among a handful of self-absorbed East Village hipsters. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF MULHOLLAND by Stephen Randall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Satire that's more affectionate than barbed: a good-humored look at the L.A. that Randall, executive editor of Playboy, grew up in, still lives in, and is titillated by—at both levels."
A witty debut of manners and mores in the author's "two separate Los Angeleses"—separated geographically, demographically and "psychographically." Read full book review >
TRUE ENOUGH by Stephen McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Very entertaining, and McCauley digs a lot deeper than most authors of popular fiction."
An assortment of gay and straight characters uneasily assess their relationships with long-term partners, in McCauley's tart-but-sweet fourth novel (The Man of the House, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

THE TREASURE OF MONTSÉGUR by Sophy Burnham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Burnham, who makes no secret of siding with the Cathars, mixes romance with religious history in an evocative prose that should thrill the spiritually intrigued."
Historical about a heretical sect of Catholics in 13th-century France, a tale imbued with Burnham's trademark enthusiasm for religious spiritualism (The President's Angel, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT by Brenda Jernigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Sluggish and predictable."
A first novel with a provocative idea—the price paid for possessing healing powers—turns into an overfamiliar, plot-worn love story with a small-town setting. Read full book review >
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST by Stéphane Heuet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Inviting enough to make readers seek out the novel—which means Heuet has done his job."
This comic-book version of Proust's masterpiece caused quite a stir when it first appeared in France, but the hoopla is undeserved. Read full book review >
THE ATHENIAN MURDERS by Jose Carlos Somoza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Good thing, since mystery fans should be warned that Somoza is more interested in metaphysical questions and literary subtleties than traditional storytelling."
A footnote opens this playful postmodern mystery, set in ancient Greece and in the tortured mind of its fictional translator; that is, the first chapter heading carries a note in which said translator mentions a few of his dilemmas in reconstructing and translating the original Greek text, "The Cave of Ideas, written by Philotextus of Cheronnese." Read full book review >
SEX AND THE SINGLE SISTER by Maryann Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Reid's magazine-style demographic approach and unoriginal prose are anything but sexy. Flat characterization and dear-diary tone don't help. What's love got to do with it? Nothing at all, apparently."
Debut collection of graphic but not especially sensual novellas about black single women . Read full book review >
THE SWEEP OF THE SECOND HAND by Dean Monti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Playwright and storywriter Monti has a gift for laidback humor that marks him as a writer sure to gain a dedicated if small following."
An insomniac slacker just might find true love—if he can stay awake—in this lo-fi, comic debut. Read full book review >
THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A page-turner in spite of its clunky and cliché-ridden self."
Another emotionally compelling tale that celebrates undying love as two young superheroes overcome bombing raids, starvation, and treacherous friends in Leningrad under siege by the Germans. 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 >