Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2620)

A WALKING FIRE by Valerie Miner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"In its best moments, this tale of love, trust, and betrayal reaches beyond political ideals."
In her seventh book of fiction Miner (Trespassing, 1989, etc.) continues her exploration of socially conscious women from the 1960s to the present day. Read full book review >
MOTHER TONGUE by Emine Sevgi ôzdamar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"A difficult book that begins well with some intriguing commentary on language and exile but soon becomes alienating."
Four tales of identity and exile, published for the first time in English, by an award-winning Turkish-German writer. Read full book review >

THE HAMMON AND THE BEANS AND OTHER STORIES by Americo Paredes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"However, the occupation stories and the Picadero tales are well worth reading."
Paredes, an ethnographer, literary critic, and social historian of national repute, is virtually the founder of Chicano cultural studies as an academic discipline. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Perhaps it was a slow year for short science fiction, but whatever the reason, this installment in Dozois's eminent series is a disappointment."
The latest in this admirable annual series features one less story (23 vs. 24) than last year's, and it might have been better if had included even fewer. Read full book review >
CAMARO CITY by Alan Sternberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Sternberg proves that ordinary people can have extraordinary characters. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
In his first collection of short stories, award-winning journalist Sternberg writes with unsentimental understanding about working-class life in Connecticut. Read full book review >

LEAVES OF THE BANYAN TREE by Albert Wendt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"These flaws combine to make this a less-than-satisfying read."
This novel by the Samoan-born Wendt (The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man, 1986, etc.), first published in 1979, is a family saga that contrasts three generations of Western Samoans as a way of exploring the effects of colonialism before and after the country's independence from New Zealand. Read full book review >
WHEN DEATH COMES STEALING by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Reads like a successful collaboration between Terry McMillan and Sue Grafton. (First serial to Essence; author tour; paperback to Avon)"
Smart-talking single mom Tamara Hayle is a gumshoe with a personal problem: Her ex-husband DeWayne Curtis's sons (with various former partners) are dying, and she fears for her own progeny, Jamal. Read full book review >
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: Q-SQUARED by Peter David
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Only diehard Trekkies will survive the derailment when the tracks merge."
The latest Star Trek: The Next Generation novel from Peter David once again attempts to bring in a character from the original TV series. Read full book review >
FOR MY DAUGHTERS by Barbara Delinsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 1994

"Bypass this and dig out one of Delinksy's old paperbacks. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Delinsky's first hardcover squeezes a novel out of short-story material about three sisters whose manipulative mother stages an unorthodox family reunion. Read full book review >
JIM DANDY by Irvin Faust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1994

"You're better off renting a wreck than trying to jump-start this lemon."
Faust (Newsreel, 1980, etc.) returns to the novel after a 14- year hiatus in this impenetrable tale comprised of shards of dialogue and a fragmented plot. Read full book review >
THREE SQUIRT DOG by Rick Ridgway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1994

"It ends—for readers who even get that far—without any character having grown or developed in any significant way."
A tone-deaf first novel written in the author's inane approximation of youthful lingo, which all but succeeds in obscuring the book's lack of a definable plot. Read full book review >
FAMILY GAMES by Jean Stubbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1994

"Stubbs treats the tale of a family's resurrection with delicacy and insight. (First printing of 40,000)"
The story of a family reunion, told with wit and compassion by an accomplished novelist (Kelly Park, 1992, etc.). 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 >