Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

AN UNCLEAN ACT by Dean Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Not entirely successful in its exchanges between narrators but, still, an instructive story of America's own links to religious intolerance that's robustly and eloquently imagined."
A debut by Burgess—whose own ancestors are the main characters—is set in the 17th century: it not only tells the spicy tale of probably the first recorded divorce in the American colonies but chronicles the increasing animosity of Puritans toward those professing other beliefs. Read full book review >
NEVER CHANGE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Berg wastes her considerable writing talent on a contrived, familiar story, and a likable but implausible protagonist. Still, who can argue with success?"
Another bedside drama from prolific bestseller Berg (Open House, 2000, etc.), again featuring her preferred plotline of a woman in emotional distress finding herself against all odds. Read full book review >

THE THINGS I KNOW BEST by Lynne Hinton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Lyrical and light, with an appealing small-town cast."
The author of Friendship Cake (not reviewed) takes readers to tiny Pleasant Cross, North Carolina, where everybody knows everybody else's business—and some know more. Read full book review >
CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE by Elizabeth Searle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Searle's Ivy League eroticism is only mildly disturbing in the stories, but her novella demands attention for its nuance as well as its wallop."
A second collection from Iowa Short Fiction Prize-winner Searle (A Four-Sided Bed, 1998, not reviewed): five stories and a novella centering on two subjects not often linked: family and exhibitionism. Read full book review >
WHAT ABOUT THE LOVE PART? by Stephanie Rosenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Taken individually, most of the stories are too wispy to be memorable. Still, together they form a quick, seamless arc that ends in graceful, lonely quietude."
Another woman hooks up with all the wrong men, in linked stories from a fresh new voice. Read full book review >

AUNT RACHEL’S FUR by Raymond Federman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Tedious, relentlessly unfunny, and wholly predictable."
Federman (To Whom It May Concern, 1990, etc.) continues to explore the impact of the Holocaust on France, as well as the nature of fiction narrative. Read full book review >
ANGELICA’S GROTTO by Russell Hoban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Superb fiction, and a powerful argument for making the complete oeuvre of this remarkable expatriate available in this country."
An elderly art historian's improbable sexual adventures elucidate the perils and pleasures of "madness," in a brilliantly funny novel from the fantasist (and author of children's books) who has produced such memorable fictions as Riddley Walker (1980) and Turtle Diary (1975). Read full book review >
THE SWEETHEART IS IN by S.L. Wisenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Uneven, but for two thirds of its length deeply felt and rewarding."
First collection by award-winning and much-anthologized Wisenberg. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY by Rosalyn McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Loose ends and non sequiturs galore in a cheesy plot, written in just plain awful prose. A breathtakingly bad soap opera."
From the author of One Better (1997), etc., a sprawling, badly written rags-to-riches saga of a black family from Memphis. Read full book review >
IN THE HALF LIGHT by Anthony Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"The initially engaging story loses momentum two thirds through, but this is still a debut of great promise."
Australian poet Lawrence perceptively details a young schizophrenic's struggle to live and love normally. Read full book review >
THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Strong, fierce, hard, and frankly astonishing."
LeRoy (Sarah, 2000) is something of a boy wonder—or horror, as the case may be. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Generally speaking, though, these stories, despite their overlay of Jewish wisdom, won't take you anywhere you haven't already been—unless you happen to be well outside their target audience."
Why aren't the dozen brand-new Jewish-themed stories presented here even better news than the 13 tales, mostly reprints, Raphael collected in Mystery Midrash (1999)? 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 >