Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

THE RABBI OF SWAT by Peter Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"Goldbergs episode, but the characters (and the games) seem real enough to satisfy any baseball fan—and many other readers as well."
The Jazz Singer moves uptown to the Polo Grounds, in a first novel by historian Levine (Ellis Island to Ebbets Field, 1992) based on the early career of the New York Giants" first Jewish pitcher. Read full book review >
CTHULHU 2000 by H.P. Lovecraft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

CTHULHU 2000A Lovecraftian AnthologyLovecraft, H.P. Read full book review >

THINGS UNSPOKEN by Anitra Sheen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"The absence of telling observations, an incisive grasp of events, or a notable style robs the story of narrative sparkle: it floats slowly to the reader's lap in shades of melancholy blue and indifferent gray."
After a lazy, drifting start, Sheen's first novel proves to be a modest drama about the slow disintegration of a Los Angeles family through the 1950s and "60s. Read full book review >
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOSEPH STALIN by Richard Lourie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"His version of Stalin's warped soul subtly demonstrates how true evil is all too human in its origins."
A forceful attempt to plumb the heart of evil. Read full book review >
TIPPING THE VELVET by Sarah Waters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"A perfect fictional equivalent to such eye-opening standard works as Frank Harris's My Life and Loves and Steven Marcus's The Other Victorians—and a rather formidable debut."
Echoes of Tom Jones, Great Expectations, and anonymous confessional pornography resound throughout this richly entertaining first novel from England: the picaresque tale of its lesbian heroine's progress through several levels of both polite and refreshingly impolite Victorian society. Read full book review >

ZIGZAG by Landon J. Napoleon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"An unaffected, moving, and astonishing insight into the heart of a troubled, silent genius."
A remarkable debut portraying the inner life of a disturbed ghetto teenager as he attempts to grow up in the frightening world he's inherited. Read full book review >
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1999

"Still, Wallace is a witty guide to the fragmented, paranoid Way We Live Now, someone perhaps poised to become the 21st-century's Robert Benchley or James Thurber—both a frightening and a beguiling prospect."
A stimulating, if intermittently opaque, collection of discursive stories and even less fully fictionalized humorous pieces from the savvy-surrealistic author of Infinite Jest (1996), etc. Though few of the tales here contain conventionally developed characters or narrative situations, most feature instantly recognizable generic figures. Read full book review >
SUN MOUNTAIN by Richard S. Wheeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1999

"Vastly well researched and understated throughout."
The staggeringly prolific Wheeler (Aftershocks, 1999, etc.) returns with a memoir, begun on January 1, 1900, of the Comstock Lode as told by reporter Henry Jackson Stoddard at an elderly 61—an age not many men reached in his day. Read full book review >
HOLY SMOKE by Anna Campion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 1999

"The premise and plot are very old-hat, but the Campion sisters' narration is fresh and deft enough to breathe life into them: Worth a look."
A dual debut for filmmaker Campion and her sister Anna, who offer an account of a very twisted love/hate affair that transpires between a kidnaped cult member and her deprogrammer. Read full book review >
MONSOON by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1999

"Smith overstuffs every possible paragraph of his cutlass-and-pistol epic, yet he paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."
Bestselling Smith (the Ancient Egypt duet River God, 1994, and The Seventh Scroll,1995, etc.), who usually specializes in colorfully escapist tales with South African settings, returns to the 18th-century scene of his seagoing Birds of Prey (1997) to continue with the lives of the three sons of Sir Henry —Hal— Courteney—Tom, Dorian, and Guy. Read full book review >
ME AND THE FAT MAN by Julie Myerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1999

"Extremely moving, very fine and real: Myerson's narration is so masterful and unobtrusive that the outlandishness of her story is overlooked."
The latest offering from British novelist Myerson (The Touch, 1996, etc.) is a heartrending account of a young woman's journey into her own past. Read full book review >
SOFT MONEY by k.j.a. Wishnia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1999

From her precarious perch near Manhattan's seedy north pole, Ecuadorean ex-cop Filomena Buscarsela describes herself as "raised on angry prophets," and, brother, does it show. 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 >