Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

DIFFERENT PEOPLE by Orland Outland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Back to the drawing board."
Ineptly written tale about two gay men whose lives intersect over the years. Read full book review >
BLAME IT ON EVE by Philana Marie Boles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Kid stuff. Barely-there plot and shallow heroine make for a meager first outing."
The misadventures of an ex-model. Read full book review >

CLOUD OF SPARROWS by Takashi Matsuoka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"In this case, enough said."
Some rootin'-tootin' shoot-'em-up and slice-'em-up for those who thought the US-Japanese trade deficit was bad. Read full book review >
GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD by Jillian Medoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Another success, combining genuine psychological depth with humor and irony."
Acerbic wit and pathos distinguish Medoff's accomplished second novel (after Hunger Point, 1997). Read full book review >
EIGHTEEN by Jan Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Best of all is the Macavity-winning tour de force 'Unharmed,' which distills Burke's talents into five perfect pages."
Doubling the stakes from her current dark thriller Nine (see below), the title enumerates Burke's complete short stories since 1993. Read full book review >

HER KIND OF WANT by Jennifer S. Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A talent still emerging and perhaps impeded by a preimagined vision of itself."
You know you're a redneck when there are so many of you trying to be outsiders that Barnes & Noble gives you your own section in the store. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ON Q STREET by Ann L. McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Nostalgia and cultural narcissism with a mostly painted-by-numbers feel."
Simplistic and memoir-like historical about two girls coming of age as their scientist father works to help make WWII come out all right. Read full book review >
THE KIND OF THINGS SAINTS DO by Laura Valeri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The juvenilia of a vision still in search of itself."
The 2002 John Simmons Short Fiction Award winner has far more misses than hits among seven tales that for the most part seem inspired by TV rather than life. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A STRANGER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Only Monk, Hester, and their crusades shine through the period trappings."
In the seven years William Monk (Funeral in Blue, 2001, etc.) has plied his trade as an inquiry agent, his fear of what he might find has prevented him from ever inquiring very closely into his own past, curtained off by amnesia. Read full book review >
SWAN PLACE by Augusta Trobaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Proof that the Midwest isn't the only source of corn: a readable and amiable tale that just becomes too sweet after a while."
Another southern yarn, as sweet as candied yams, from Trobaugh (Sophie and the Rising Sun, 2001, etc.), this time about a girl trying to keep her orphaned family together. Read full book review >
CLARA CALLAN by Richard B. Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A wrenching chronicle of time passing and opportunity lost."
The separate histories of two sisters are traced with understated compassion in this superb novel, the ninth from the Ontario author (Farthing's Fortunes, 1976, etc.) and winner of Canada's Giller Prize and Governor General's Award. Read full book review >
QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH by Haywood Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Derivative plot, limp humor, dull heroine."
Fifty-year-old divorcée starts over, in a lackluster first hardcover from Smith. 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 >