Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2630)

DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 1992

"A most entertaining mix of history and fantasy whose author, like its heroine, exhibits a winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense."
An engaging time-travel romance, the second of a trilogy (after Outlander, 1991), that animates the people and politics of a pivotal period in history—while turning up the heat between an appealing modern heroine and a magnetic romantic hero. Read full book review >
WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT by Irvin D. Yalom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"A delectable fantasy—in which the sole disappointment is that it didn't actually occur."
Freud's mentor, Josef Breuer, attempts to cure Friedrich Nietzsche of suicidal despair in the clinics, cemeteries, and coffeehouses of 19th-century Vienna—in this first novel by the author of the bestselling Love's Executioner: an entertaining and highly original tale of an uncompromising friendship between two brilliant men. Read full book review >

CHANUR'S LEGACY by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Readers new to Cherryh's Compact Space will need patience and determination to get involved—but it's worth the effort: memorable characters, intriguing aliens, and a convoluted yet satisfying plot guaranteed to extend even the most space-operatically inclined brain cells."
Fifth in Cherryh's hitherto paperback Chanur series—a clan/dynasty saga whose alien principals, unusually, are nearly all female, and featuring other alien species by the shipload amid a welter of interspecies politicking, maneuvering, haggling, and strife. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Lightweight entertainment, rather disappointing after Resnick's superior novels."
Twenty-eight variations, 1977-92, mostly shorter rather than longer, from the author of the splendid Paradise (1989). Read full book review >
BEACHHEAD by Jack Williamson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Solid plotting, restrained melodrama, persuasive Martian ambience: another winning performance from the grandmasterly author of, most recently, Mazeway (1990)."
Latest in a sudden flurry of novels about Mars: a near-future nuts-and-bolts account of humanity's first exploration of the red planet, comparable with Ben Bova's recent Mars. Read full book review >

THE JOURNEY by Ida Fink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"One of the keener, skilled Holocaust testaments that pierces into the dusk of nightmare and a world drained of humanity."
The author, who was born in Poland in 1921 and lived in hiding throughout WW II, has concentrated with devastating effect on the anguish of ordinary people thrust into horror (the story collection A Scrap of Time, 1987). Read full book review >
THE SNAPPER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Not a false note anywhere."
A warm, frank, and very funny account of family life and pregnancy as Irish writer Doyle (The Commitments, 1989; also see below) continues the saga of the endearing working-class Rabbitte family of Barrytown, Dublin. Read full book review >
THE VAN by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vintage Doyle."
A beaten-up van dispensing fish and chips, not some clearing in the deep woods, is the setting for Doyle's warm, humorous, and cleareyed look at male friendship—in this his third book featuring the irrepressible Rabbitte family of Dublin (The Commitments, 1989; The Snapper, see above). Read full book review >
IN THE HEART OF THE VALLEY OF LOVE by Cynthia Kadohata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A beautifully crafted novel that warns and hurts and delights."
In an acutely moving second novel, Kadohata (The Floating World, 1989) again records the spin of worlds—of pain or maybe love. Read full book review >
SIN by Josephine Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Hart's ludicrously factitious rhetoric may be the sign of her true vocation—her authorship of massively bestselling bad-news comic books for grown-ups."
Despite the pre-pub hoopla, this severe little tale of sisterly envy isn't the equal of Hart's widely praised debut, Damage (1991)—or maybe the author's real but slender gifts are just wearing out in unintentional self-parody. Read full book review >
GRACE POINT by Anne D. LeClaire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A sound, well-crafted mystery and punchy melodrama."
A tight, bright novel of suspense—LeClaire's hardcover debut- -that jumps back and forth between the present and the 1940's, when violence erupted (in the shadows) in a Massachusetts coastal town. Read full book review >
LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE by Rebecca Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"But Wells's view of Mama Vivi and a Ya-Ya, bagged to the ears and rocketing down the road, is memorable."
A somewhat disjointed but appealing first novel—winner of the 1992 Western States Book Award for Fiction—set in the early 60's and 90's in small-town Louisiana. 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 >