Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

THE FINAL CONFESSION OF MABEL STARK by Robert Hough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Just about perfect. One of the most entertaining novels in many a year."
A marvelous debut, winner of a Canadian literary prize, about the life and amazing adventures of the greatest female tiger trainer in circus history are narrated with delicious humor and warmth. Read full book review >
PLAIN LANGUAGE by Barbara Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overall: thin, despite good local color."
Evocative scenes of Depression-era Colorado, with a low-wattage plot and unconvincing characters. Read full book review >

THE MASTER OF MONTEREY by Lawrence Coates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"As Jones says, this land is adrift from history, and Coates brings it alive."
Second-novelist Coates (the award-winning Blossom Festival, not reviewed) returns with the tale of a confused ship and commodore waging an imaginary war on California. Read full book review >
WHAT NIGHT BRINGS by Carla Trujillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A standard kid-on-the-threshold-of-the-world tale, decently told and fairly engaging, but suffused with a hatred of men so palpable that it might have been written by Andrea Dworkin."
First novel about a young Latina lesbian's painful coming of age. Read full book review >
CELTIKA by Robert Holdstock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Maybe not, but it astonishes nonetheless: stay tuned."
First in a new fantasy venture, from the British author of the Mythago Wood series (Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

SECOND SPRING by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Greeley, timeless as Rome, springs eternal."
Greeley returns with The Sixth Chronicle of the O'Malley Family in the Twentieth Century, the first having been 1998's A Midwinter's Tale. Read full book review >
MIKE NELSON’S DEATH RAT! by Michael J. Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Fast-paced, outrageous, and on the money: first-novelist Nelson's mockery of media mendacity is as biting as La Dolce Vita or Network—and funnier."
Deft, jolly send-up of publishing by actor and former TV writer/host Nelson (Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters, 2002), this about a hack who learns, after 40 years of failure, the meaning of concept. Read full book review >
A FRIEND OF KISSINGER by David Milofsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Well-crafted and intelligent—yet lifeless and rambling: a ramble through Danny's adolescence that has too much incident and too little focus to be engaging."
Milofsky (Color of Law, 2000, etc.) returns with a coming-of-ager set in 1970s Milwaukee, the story of a young man's emergence from the confines of a close-knit but troubled family. Read full book review >
BIRTHRIGHT by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Improbable plot is kept humming smoothly by Roberts (Midnight Bayou, 2001, etc.), whose fans oughta love it."
Archaeologist finds a lost tribe: hers. Read full book review >
SCRATCH by Troon McAllister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"McAllister aims frequently for high-impact wackiness but generally achieves a lukewarm silliness."
There are precious few ways to make golf interesting to read about, much less funny, as the pseudonymous McAllister (a.k.a. Lee Gruenfeld) makes abundantly clear. Read full book review >
I AM NOT JACKSON POLLOCK by John Haskell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Intellectually dazzling, emotionally chilly, and bound to provoke."
Nine intriguing debut pieces explore the point where art and life intersect—or collide—in the lives of artists, performers and movie characters. Read full book review >
GILGAMESH by Joan London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"London's story gradually works up a head of steam and by the end becomes quite engrossing—even if the two-souls-caught-in-the-maelstrom-of-history theme comes across as a poor knockoff of Dr. Zhivago."
First novel, as well as a first US appearance, for Australian author London: the story of an Australian woman who travels halfway around the world in pursuit of the man she loves. 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 >