Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

ALL THAT LIVES by Melissa Sanders-Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2002

"If you're looking for an account of farm life circa 1820, stop here; but for a novel of substance, pass on."
Unchallenging, aimless historical absorbed by day-to-day drudgery, despite the poltergeist. Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF COVINGTON by Joan Medlicott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2002

"No surprises here, but fans won't mind."
Third in Medlicott's Covington series (The Gardens of Covington, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

LUCKY IN THE CORNER by Carol Anshaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2002

"Not a false note anywhere in a story that's as entertaining as it is wise. Anshaw just keeps getting better."
A tender comedy of contemporary manners from Anshaw (Aquamarine, 1992, etc.), centered on a mother and daughter who love each other but can't quite connect. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER THEY CAME by William Storandt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2002

"An amusing diversion, but no more."
In a fluffy latter-day comedy of errors, Storandt (Outbound, 2001) envisions a sleepy New England seaside town being turned into a gay resort overnight. Read full book review >
LET THEIR SPIRITS DANCE by Stella Pope Duarte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2002

"Intelligent, unpretentious, and appealing."
First-novelist Duarte (stories: Fragile Night, not reviewed) skillfully treats the wounds inflicted on a Chicano family by the war in Vietnam. Read full book review >

LAST OF THE AMAZONS by Steven Pressfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2002

EDITORIAL—MARCH 1, 2002 Read full book review >
MAN WALKS INTO A ROOM by Nicole Krauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2002

"A bit too theme-driven and intermittently static, but Krauss is a highly intelligent writer. It'll be interesting to see what she turns to next."
There are some lovely moments (and echoes of early Saul Bellow) in this interestingly conceived first novel, but its somewhat attenuated account of an amnesiac's quest for his missing years trails off into improbability and inconclusiveness. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2002

"Stories, like their heroine, so brave and full of life that obvious flaws—lapses in logic; tendencies to jump off romantic cliffs—are forgivable."
Novelist and short-story writer Pritchard (Selene of the Spirits, 1998, etc.) links eight tales in the life of her slightly off-kilter, often misguided but always-intriguing heroine. Read full book review >
REMBRANDT’S WHORE by Sylvie Matton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2002

"Fans of Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring may snatch this one up, but in truth it seems less suited for a general audience than for Rembrandt enthusiasts."
Financial insecurity and the Plague hover threateningly over the great artist and his beloved servant, narrator of this sad and obtuse tale. Read full book review >
BEST MURDER OF THE YEAR by Jon P. Bloch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2002

"Are more droll adventures on the horizon for Rick Domino?"
It's Oscar night, and catty entertainment reporter Rick Domino is so busy watching pretty-boy actor Shane Kirk that he barely remembers to chat up the celebrities, let alone dish their outfits. Read full book review >
DISQUIET HEART by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2002

"A less capable Poe than in On Night's Shore (2001), but a graphically described descent into his opiate addictions."
Immersed in melancholia and spirits since the death of his child-wife Sissie, Edgar Allan Poe is adrift in Philadelphia until his protégé, Augie Dubbins, 17, arrives with an invitation from Dr. Alfred K. Brunrichter, wealthy head of Pittsburgh's Quintillian Society. Read full book review >
THE PATIENT’S EYES by David Pirie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2002

"Successful as both a mystery and a coming-of-age story, it should have appeal beyond the legion of Holmes fans."
Arthur Conan Doyle is a 19-year-old medical student in Edinburgh when he becomes the surprise protégé of that brilliant doctor and insufferable egotist Joseph Bell. Dr. Bell's arrogance has made him unpopular with both students and colleagues. 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 >