Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

I LOVED YOU ALL by Paula Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2000

"Sharp knows how to create wonderfully quirky characters and set them against each other in bizarre situations. But this latest effort shares the central flaw of its predecessor (Crows Over a Wheatfield, 1996): she just can't resist pouring on the ideology."
This time out, Sharp gets as preachy as her pro-life antagonist, in a compelling but decidedly one-sided exploration of the abortion issue. Read full book review >
BLEEDING HEART by Martha Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2000

"A wildly implausible premise, a killer both florid and remote, too many detectives for sustained suspense, and an absence of deeply felt menace: they'll all keep Mary Higgins Clark, or anyone else, from losing sleep over this latest knockoff from Powers (Sunflower, 1998)."
When his father ran himself and his latest doxy off the road two years ago, Jake Collier blamed his mother for their deaths, because if Maggie Collier hadn't quarreled with her faithless husband, he wouldn't have driven off to his final rendezvous. Read full book review >

THE BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2000

"In some ways reminiscent of playwright O'Neill's familial Sturm und Drang, this masterfully intense tale of woe and redemption has much to say about the primal forces that shape us."
A dynamic, many-tendriled drama (on the Booker short list last year) by Irish writer Tóibín (The Story of the Night, 1997, etc.) shapes a complex view of intergenerational conflict at once modern and timeless, as a family assemble on the coast of Ireland to tend to one of their own, a young man losing ground in his struggle with AIDS. Read full book review >
THE LUCKY GOURD SHOP by Joanna Catherine Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

"Many good moments here, and some wonderfully empathetic characterizations, but they don't add up to anything like a unified whole."
A heartfelt, though oddly shaped, second novel from the other<\I> Joanna Scott, whose writings about the collision of Eastern and Western cultures include both nonfiction and her well-received novel, Charlie and the Children (1997). Read full book review >
SUDDEN TIMES by Dermot Healy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2000

"American readers will want a glossary of Anglo-Irish slang, but anyone who reads this will catch the brooding strangeness of this eerie, difficult book."
One man's descent into the hell of madness, pursued by men who may have killed his best friend, as told by the acclaimed novelist and poet (The Bend for Home, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

GREENFIELD FOR PRESIDENT by Arthur D. Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2000

"Political satire 101. Or, when targets balloon as large as Robbins's, the fun goes out of deflation."
A debut novel in which satirical darts strike political targets that don't move around a lot. Read full book review >
MAD MORGAN by Kerry Newcomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2000

"Flagrant overwriting, derivative plotting: a swashbuckler indeed."
Once again, the prolific Newcomb (coauthor: The Ghosts of Elkhorn, 1982, etc.) rounds up black-hearted villains, lionhearted heroes, and bosomy beauties for his 30-plus action-adventure tale. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"Fine for Flyy fans who want to know what happened next, but for the rest, a tell-all with not much to tell."
A lifeless successor to the ebullient, street-smart Flyy Girl (1996) delivers a preachy take on the price of success and life in Hollywood. Read full book review >
THE HEARTSONG OF CHARGING ELK by James Welch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"Despite some contrived plot twists, Welch's study of a man forced to adapt to a world utterly unlike his own—and a richly imagined world it is—is well sustained. An amply rewarding read."
Award-winning Native American novelist Welch (Fools Crow, 1986, etc.) tells a powerful story of a young Lakota who's stranded in France—and who will spend an ordeal of dark years in that strange land before regaining a life and his dignity. Read full book review >
CURTAIN CREEK FARM by Nance Van Winckel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"Crafted writing mixed with good intentions, in a result not especially memorable."
Van Winckel's third story volume (Limited Lifetime Warranty, 1994; Quake, 1997) shows her flying between the capable and the familiar. Read full book review >
MOVE TO STRIKE by Perri O’Shaughnessy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"For the rest, the forensics and legal procedure are solid, the characters, from the heroine on down, as arrested in adolescent attitudes and relationships as ever. Your move."
A 16-year-old accused of killing her remote, though nearby, uncle brings Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly her latest overripe case. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT PLEASURES by Eloisa James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"Sensual for a Regency, and genuinely fun."
Lady Sophie York is set to elope—but with whom? 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 >