Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"But there's no denying the power in his own wild flights of prose. (First printing of 30,000)"
Winner of the Australian Booksellers' Book of the Year Award, a passionate working-class tale (and first US publication) from a Tasmanian author. Read full book review >
THE OTHER REBECCA by Maureen Freely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"A delicious but sometimes disappointing retelling of the legendary page-turner."
From an American writer (My Year with the Stork Club, 1993, etc.) yet published first in Britain: a wickedly clever and witty reworking of Du Maurier's famous novel, a takeoff that falters only when Rebecca herself appears. Read full book review >

RUMORS OF WAR by Peggy Tibbetts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2000

"Thankfully, though, there's a bright spot: Ilene's stock mother-in-law-from-hell, who manages to spring to vivid and frightening life. She should get her own book."
Petty suburban struggles, set against the backdrop of the Persian Gulf War. Read full book review >
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON by Helen Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2000

"Had enough? We can only hope that British book-buyers have, too, and that we'll be receiving fewer literary care-packages like this one."
A tepid follow-up to the intermittently engaging 1998 bestseller Bridget Jones's Diary, the hottest import from Britain since the Beatles. Read full book review >
PLAN B by Jonathan Tropper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2000

"Reads like a fictionalization of TV's Friends, but more earnest."
A lightweight first novel explores the sea change that turning 30 brings in the lives of a group of Manhattan friends who've known one another since college. Read full book review >

THE VERIFICATIONIST by Donald Antrim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2000

"Those who persevere will find themselves, like Tom, seeing matters in a distinctly new way."
Antrim's novels (The Hundred Brothers, 1997, etc.) are so hilariously inventive, so audacious, and so full of a unique blend of ideas and pratfalls that it's hard to find another contemporary writer to compare him to: Pynchon on lithium? Read full book review >
CITY OF GOD by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2000

"But, like the novel it most resembles (Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five), what it actually dramatizes is its own (failed but fascinating) attempt to organize its own teeming content into fictional form."
An intensely conceived study of the varieties of contemporary religious experience that teases the mind intriguingly while never quite fully becoming the fiction it aspires to be. Read full book review >
EQUAL LOVE by Peter Ho Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2000

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GHOST MOON by Karen Robards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"Not one of her most exciting efforts, but fans won—t be disappointed."
A grisly romance about stepcousins who become lovers, and a serial killer who murders eight-year-old girls and then stuffs them like moose heads. Read full book review >
LOSING JULIA by Jonathan Hull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"Pretty stale stuff, but those perfectly pitched nursing-home scenes linger in the memory."
Former Time journalist Hull's first novel paints a generic portrait of young love and trench warfare, framed by a bracingly unsentimental depiction of old age. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR by Patricia Duncker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2000

"Which is disappointing, because Duncker promises so much more."
From a promising British writer (Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees, 1998), a fictional interpretation of the life of Dr. James Miranda Barry, a medical doctor—who was actually a woman'serving with the British Army in the early 1800s. Read full book review >
GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2000

"One of Updike's more intriguing experiments - but not one of his successes. (Book-of-the-Month main selection)"
A risky and ultimately unsatisfying departure from what we've come to think of as Updike's distinctive territory: suburbia and its discontents. 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 >