Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

ANGEL FIRE by Lisa Miscione
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"Repressed rage and the social skills of a Sherman tank make Lydia unlovable to all but Jeffrey and her tin-eared author."
And now for something completely arctic. Read full book review >
A GOOD HANGING by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"But any time spent with Rebus is quality time."
Nothing more than 12 character studies, perhaps—but the character they're studying is probably the most interesting man in detective fiction, the quintessential thinking man, Edinburgh DI John Rebus. Read full book review >

HOMO ZAPIENS by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"A little too scattered and willfully antic to rank with Pelevin's best. Nevertheless, further proof that this merry satirist wears the mantle of Gogol, Bely, and Bulgakov with more flair than almost any other contemporary novelist."
The world of advertising gets a richly comic comeuppance in this latest (1999) novel by the hip absurdist (Buddha's Little Finger, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DREAM ROOM by Marcel Möring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2002

"A fine companion to Möring's longer novels, and probably his most accomplished yet."
A family borne aloft, then gradually destroyed by the experience (and the enigma) of flight is portrayed with compassionate insight in this terse, if intermittently obscure, novella by the Dutch author of The Great Longing (1995) and In Babylon (2000). Read full book review >
BEDLAM BURNING by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2002

"Nicholson (Female Ruins, 2000, etc.), smart and mercilessly funny when skewering the myopic anxieties of the literary world and those aspiring to join it, is less entertaining—because less persuasive—when retailing the antics and atmosphere of the Clinic."
A refreshing amusement about one Mike Smith, who impersonates a literary friend and ends up teaching creative writing at an insane asylum. Read full book review >

CRAZY LOVE by David Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2002

"PETA, ready your Kleenex."
Versatile Martin (Cul-De-Sac, 1997, etc.) returns with an alternately rewarding and sappy love story set amid the head-on collision of animal-rights beliefs with the utilitarian morality of livestock farmers. Read full book review >
VALENTINE by Lucius Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2002

"Heavily erotic, lightly plotted: a lover's confection, with a certain sweetness but little sustenance."
His penchant intact for turning familiar landscapes into alien zones, the newest from Shepard (Kalimantan, 1992; The Ends Of The Earth, 1991; etc.) offers a hurricane-tweaked vision of Florida, where two ex-lovers find themselves together again, free to do what comes naturally until the weather clears. Read full book review >
WHERE YOU FIND IT by Janice Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2002

"Accomplished, yet emotionally arid writing: cold comfort for those who believe love conquers all."
Twenty stories, some mere fragments, describe with clinical detachment the gnawing disappointments and blighted realities of most loves. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN LANDS by Robert Edric
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2002

"A masterly re-creation of an ultimately ruinous journey."
Bravery and boldness are defeated by ignorance and the elements in a fictional treatment of Sir John Franklin's doomed search for the Northwest Passage in 1845. Read full book review >
ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH ME by Ruth Rendell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

Compulsive cleaner Araminta Knox is convinced she's being haunted by the ghost of her late fiancé Jock Lewis, even though nobody but her believes he really died in that Paddington train wreck. Read full book review >
IT’S HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME by Jimmy Gleacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Additional ado about absolutely nothing."
A debut novel in which Generation Y attempts to outdo its predecessor in terms of vapid ambition. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR’S HOUSE by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"The novel really isn't this writer's métier, and The Doctor's House is not one of her better books."
A family so dysfunctional that it makes the House of Atreus look like the Brady Bunch gradually reveals its secrets in Beattie's emotionally charged seventh novel, her first since My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (1997). 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 >