Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2630)

THREE BY GRAHAM GREENE by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 1952

"The Ministry of Fear."
Three "entertainments" as Graham Greene defines his earlier thrillers, will introduce a new Greene to many who have "discovered" him with his serious psychological novels and his critical writing. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1952

"Watch it."
An extremely powerful story of a young Southern Negro, from his late high school days through three years of college to his life in Harlem. Read full book review >

THE SHIPWRECKED by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1952

"A provocative, occasionally speculative portrayal of marginal lives- to which disenchantment lends its finality."
A republication of an early novel which appeared in 1935 under the title England Made Me, and which was not widely read at that time. Read full book review >
LOVE IN A DRY SEASON by Shelby Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1951

"I found it left a bad taste in my mouth."
Dirty and dull- but shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed so that- while you loathe practically every character in the book, you believe in them. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1951

"It is also reminiscent of William Goyen's House of Breath in its use of the wind symbol and a poetic, fluid language."
This second novel by Truman Capote is acute and contained, and provides an appealing modern folktale which is full of humor, tenderness and his particular type of antenna-awareness. Read full book review >

THE CAINE MUTINY by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 1951

"The last part of the book, the Court Martial and its aftermath, seems slightly anticlimactic, but all in all this stands out as perhaps the most important novel of the war in the Pacific."
This has the sombre and dramatic values of Mister Roberts. Read full book review >
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 1951

"Publisher backing ($10,000 initial advertising); the impact of the book on the first readers; the certain storm of controversy, all make certain a terrific send-off for an impressive first novel."
A controversial reception is a safe prediction for this already heralded first novel — that and a wide market along the lines of The Naked and The Dead. Read full book review >
SPEAK, MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1951

"A minor classic, one of the richest works of a master stylist."
A colored spiral in a small ball of glass, this is how I see my life," remarks Nabokov in an almost mock-Hegelian passage near the end of a rippling, vivid, ironically elegiac memoir, ranging "geographically from St. Read full book review >
WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Robert Penn Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1950

"An unusual and difficult book —oddly dated in style and substance, but an authentic mirroring of the moods and passions of the times."
Short story writer, poet and Pulitzer Prize Award winner with All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren has established his right to speak for his native Kentucky — as well as for his adoptive Louisiana. Read full book review >
THE THIRD MAN by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1950

"The case here, the use of occasional characterization, the unrelieved and undeviating tension demonstrate again a mastery of this medium."
The story for the motion picture which has had a sensationally successful critical and popular reception, this although it may not be as "finished" (the author) as the film for which it was written, is still a highly effective experience in suspense. Read full book review >
COLLECTED STORIES OF WILLIAM FAULKNER  by William Faulkner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1950

"An important book in the Faulkner picture, and for short story enthusiasts, it offers rich fare."
Forty two short stories which reveal a much broader scope of matter and manner than the average reader expects of William Faulkner. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY MOSKAT by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1950

"A detailed accounting of a part of the past, of a type of life and people now wiped out, this is impressive in its scope."
A closely meshed, heavily patterned family saga, this covers the years from before World War I and up to the bombing of Warsaw of World War II in the fortunes of the Mosk. 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 >