Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2630)

COLLECTED NOVELLAS by Arno Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 1994

One narrative of cultural history runs like this: As contributions to 20th-century high modernism, the English-speaking world gave us Joyce; the French gave us Proust; and the Germans gave us Hitler. Read full book review >
PLACE OF SHELTER by Nolan Dennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 1994

"Too much nostalgia and not enough substance."
Growing up gay in an Idaho farm town is the subject of this sensitive, sad debut, which shows promise in its clear and often mythical narrative but falters when dreaminess takes over. Read full book review >

WINGS by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"For Steel fans, soothingly predictable; for others, deadly as a wait in baggage claims. (First printing of 1,000,000; Literary Guild dual main selection)"
From the Steel (The Gift, p. 504) clichÇ workshop, the romances of a good-hearted, gorgeous girl from Illinois farm country who leaves Dad's tiny airport to become a glamorous aviatrix between World Wars I and II. Read full book review >
THE MAMUR ZAPT AND THE GIRL IN THE NILE by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Pearce's pace is as deliberate and gravely amused as ever, but his uncharacteristic focus on a central mystery comes at a high price: Lacking the local color of Owen's four earlier adventures, this one is his least distinctively charming and amusing to date."
Called away from a routine arms search to examine the corpse of a young woman who's fallen from a pleasure boat moored in the Nile, Gareth Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt of 1909 Cairo (The Mamur Zapt and the Men Behind, 1993, etc.), finds that the body has already disappeared. Read full book review >
BROTHER CADFAEL'S PENANCE by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Persevere past the drumbeat of canned history in the opening chapter and you'll find the pace quickening to unfold one of Cadfael's most moving adventures, one that touches his own generous heart most closely."
The ruinous civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud for 12th-century England brings added heartache to Brother Cadfael (The Holy Thief, 1993, etc.) when he learns that his unacknowledged son, Olivier de Bretagne, has become a casualty. Read full book review >

A JUNKIE'S CHRISTMAS by Elisa Segrave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"More fun than fruitcake but less exciting than a Sear's wish book."
This collection offers mostly innocuous tales of holiday festivities with a smattering of laughs, quite a few yawns, and very little genuine wisdom. Read full book review >
SISTER SAFETY PIN by Lorrie Sprecher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A unique voice and wry takes on feminism, sexuality, political correctness, and punk music make this startlingly sweet, albeit not too deep, debut a standout."
A down-to-earth love story with a feisty, punk-feminist, lesbian twist. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON, THE EARL, AND THE TROLL by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Agreeably 14th-century in ambience, whimsical in tone yet devoid of real humor, this overlong installment should please series fans, but won't tempt many newcomers."
This is an addition to Dickson's fantasy series (The Dragon Knight, 1990, etc.) featuring a former college professor, Jim Eckert, and his wife, Angie, who have been transported to an alternate 14th-century England where magic works. Read full book review >
REMEMBRANCE by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"At the risk of courting more of the heroine's hatred of romance reviewers, it must be reported that, despite some great romance, there's too much time spent here with children gamboling through their 16th-century Eden. (Doubleday Book Club main selection)"
Romance pro Deveraux (Sweet Liar, 1992. etc.) knows how to stick the beginnings and the ends, but bogs down in the center like a slice of England's banoffee pie. Read full book review >
ANCESTRAL VOICES by Hugh FitzGerald Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Difficult, but remarkable in the breadth of its ambition. (Map)"
Ghostly tethers bind a contemporary Irishman to the revolutionary violence of his country's past in this slim but solid novel from the author of On Borrowed Ground (not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Further proof, if any is needed, that Auchincloss ranks among the best in American literature."
This comprehensive selection of Auchincloss's short fiction couldn't be better timed. Read full book review >
DINING WITH THE DICTATOR by Dany Laferrière
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Voyeurism only goes so far."
This nostalgic look at a weekend in Haiti will satisfy anyone obsessed with the sexual politics of teenage girls, but it only skims the surface of its deeper subject, a boy's rite of passage. 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 >