Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"The Berrybenders may be de trop, but the scenery continues to be worth the trip."
Third in the brutal and amusing saga of the dissolute Lord Berrybender and his lusty brood in the great American West (Sin Killer, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
CLEOPATRA DISMOUNTS by Carmen Boullosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

An imaginative retelling of the life and death of the Egyptian femme fatale, by Mexican poet, playwright, and novelist Boullosa (Leaving Tabasco, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

THE MT. MONADNOCK BLUES by Larry Duberstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Some good courtroom scenes, but otherwise sentimental and manipulative."
A brother and sister fight for the custody of their orphaned niece and nephew, in a sixth novel from Duberstein (The Handsome Sailor, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
SECOND ACT by Marilyn Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Claudia's ninth escapade (Dark Horse, 2002, etc.) is her liveliest in years, with nonstop drollery and a fun cast of flamboyant characters."
A serial rapist, a grim mass murderer, and, worst, a troop of voracious actors plague ancient Rome. Read full book review >
STILL HOLDING by Bruce Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A brutal phantasmagoria on the pleasures and perils of the dream factory."
Strivers in Hollywood: some rise to fame, others fall into the flames. Read full book review >

DOUBLE STITCH by John Rolfe Gardiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Provocative and elegantly written, but overly didactic. For all the talk, Eula never does confront her other self, and the twins never clear the hurdle of dating and marriage."
Prison or sanctuary? That's just one of the thorny relationship questions facing a pair of identical twins. Read full book review >
YELLOW DOG by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Raucous, confusing, hilarious, and, when least expected, furiously intelligent and touching."
London crooks nurse old grievances and settle older scores as Amis has his witty way with porno, Hollywood, modern marriage, airline terror, incest, chatrooms, the Royals, and the gutter press. Read full book review >
THE STORIES OF RICHARD BAUSCH by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"This is the book for which Bausch will be remembered."
A fine, fat collection of 42 tales, drawn mostly from the critically acclaimed author's several earlier volumes. Read full book review >
THE OTHER LIFE OF BRIAN by Graham Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"As road trips go, nothing to write home about."
A misanthropic rock star on the back end of his career discovers that touring the world's backwaters isn't much fun. Read full book review >
SIEGFRIED by Harry Mulisch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"One of the world's great writers continues his steady march toward a Nobel Prize."
An "explanation" for the evil committed by Adolf Hitler is the quarry of this searching, somewhat discursive new (2001) novel from the internationally acclaimed Dutch author. Read full book review >
THE RED PASSPORT by Katherine Shonk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A talent undoubtedly headed toward higher achievements."
Shonk, whose work has been included in Best American Short Stories, makes her solo debut with tales culled from time spent in Russia as the nation struggled toward post-communist solvency. Read full book review >
GLORIANA’S TORCH by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Ambitious, engrossing, full of melodramatic thunder."
A richly imagined answer to a vexing question: Why did the mighty ships of the Spanish Armada fail in their mission? 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 >