Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

SNOBBERY WITH VIOLENCE by Marion Chesney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2003

"Old hand Chesney (the School for Manners series and, as M.C. Beaton, the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mysteries) maintains her charm and sassiness while indicting evergreen pomposity and class-status stupidity."
What's an Edwardian lovely to do when potential swains consider her too outspoken for marriage but ripe for more salacious proposals? Read full book review >
THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING by Laura Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2003

"Among the plethora of first novels tracking preteen daughters of sorry single mothers, Moriarty's gutsy opener is hard not to like."
A pleasantly wry, spunky debut, set in the Reagan era, about a fatherless girl who uses her brains as the way out of her mother's hopeless welfare state. Read full book review >

BLESSED ARE THE CHEESEMAKERS by Sarah-Kate Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2003

"Amusing in a Green Acres kind of way, but far too cute for comfort overall."
Cheesy US debut about a collection of misfits and losers who come together on a magical dairy farm in Ireland. Read full book review >
MAISIE DOBBS by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Prime candidate for a TV movie."
A romance/investigation debut novel set firmly in the spiritual aftermath of WWI. Read full book review >
THE SLOW AIR OF EWAN MACPHERSON by Thomas Fox Averill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Decently done but unremarkable: second-novelist Averill (Secrets of the Tsil Café, 2001) creates some memorable characters but does little with them, and the lost-mother theme seems very old hat by now."
A fair-to-middling coming-of-ager set in Kansas, where the flatness of the plains can't obscure the dark shadows of family secrets cast long ago in Scotland. Read full book review >

SOPHIE by Guy Burt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Slight and obliquely told, but dense with atmospherics and creeping dread."
From the British author of The Hole (2001): a first US appearance of a slim, taut, creepy psychological thriller, written when Burt was 19. Read full book review >
HIGH SOCIETY by Ben Elton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"A mixture of comedy with tragedy that fails to produce real black comedy: another decent but desperately uneven effort from Elton."
A member of Parliament takes on the bugaboo of drug decriminalization. Read full book review >
THE EFFECT OF LIVING BACKWARDS by Heidi Julavits
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Julavits does everything she can to turn readers off. But that may be her point."
Following her seriously dark first novel (The Mineral Palace, 2000), Julavits takes a real risk with this black comedy about an airplane hijacking, not exactly the subject to tickle most funny bones these days. Read full book review >
THE WHITE DRAGON by Laura Resnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Tune in later this year for The Destroyer Goddess: In Fire Forged, Part Two."
The White Dragon was meant to be a sequel to In Legend Born (1998), but the manuscript grew so long that Tor had to divide and release it as one novel in two volumes. Read full book review >
WHAT SHE WANTS by Cathy Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Overlong but generally amiable second from Irish author Kelly (Someone Like You, 2001)."
Five heroines for the price of one. Read full book review >
A LOVE NOIRE by Erica Simone Turnipseed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Earnest debut, long on consciousness-raising, short on plot."
THE CROSSLEY BABY by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Accomplished and insightful, but oddly disjointed; showing her strengths as a storywriter rather than a novelist, Carey makes each segment engaging, but with little forward motion."
From storywriter (Good Gossip, 1991) and novelist (The Other Family, 1996, etc.) Carey: a tale about three suburban sisters on very different paths, and the responses of the others when one dies. 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 >