Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2631)

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
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 >

TOURNAMENT by Shelby Foote
Released: Sept. 12, 1949

"For the specialized not the popular market."
The rise and fall of Hugh Bart of the Mississippi Delta, this is a life portrait of a man to whom success came smoothly, quickly, though without bringing happiness. Read full book review >
A RAGE TO LIVE by John O'Hara
Released: Aug. 16, 1949

"Not a book for any conservative market, and the freedom of the language is a warning to Public Libraries; but a book of definite masculine appeal, and of absorbing interest in the minute details of its believable characters."
This enlarges on the cross-sectioning of society so much a part of Butterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra and is the first novel from O'Hara since the former book It provides an intimate portrait of the life and times of Fort Penn (Pennsylvania state and county capitol), of its inhabitants, and of a marriage. Read full book review >
KNIGHT'S GAMBIT by William Faulkner
Released: June 15, 1949

"The enigmatic style is rather piquing, but the end impression is one of irritation."
Faulkner has produced in the past some of the most powerful, socially significant experimental writing that has come out of America — landmark in literature of the Deep South. Read full book review >

NAUSEA by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 15, 1949

"There is certainly none of the external drama of Sartre's later works here; there is also the same preoccupation with the physically distasteful; but the book holds an interest- for his followers- in its formulation of the theory for which he has become famous."
Sartre's first novel, published originally in France in 1938, this is primarily of interest in its enunciation of the concept of existentialism which his later novels are to enact-rather than articulate. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN ON THE WALL by Wallace Stegner
Released: Jan. 1, 1949

"I'd suggest for sampling, to give you a flavor distinguishing these stories from the average collection, the following:- Beyond the Glass Mountain, the story of two one-time school chums meeting years later, when roles were reversed; Goin' To Town, a study of anticlimax; Two Rivers for contrast in mood; The Colt, a story of a boy's love for a colt- and the tragic aftermath; The Sweetness of the Twisted Apples for the flavor of rural life."
Stegner's versatility is already well proven, and this volume of wholly unstandardized short stories is but further evidence. Read full book review >
THE FIRES OF SPRING by James A. Michener
Released: Jan. 1, 1949

"A book to assess for a particular market, rather than to accept on the author's earlier achievement."
The Pulitzer Prize winner- with his memorable Tales of the South Pacific — is not an author to be passed over lightly. Read full book review >
THE PLAGUE by Albert Camus
Released: Aug. 2, 1948

"It may command critical rather than popular attention."
By the Frenchman who, with Sartre, shares a leading position in European literature, this is a work of considerable significance and stature, distinguished by its clarity, its composure, and above all, its scrupulous classicism. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 1948

"For an adult, appreciative audience."
Reported originally in the February 15th bulletin, this was postponed to the above date as a mid-summer selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Read full book review >
CITY BOY by Herman Wouk
Released: June 15, 1948

"Nice going- with no profound social significance or jibes at modern mores."
Divorcing himself from the artificialty and effort of Aurora Dawn (1947) this is a tragi-comedy of youngsters, understandingly, amusingly, entertainingly presented, with enough bite in the interpolations of the adult world against which they carry on incessant warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach. Read full book review >
INTRUDER IN THE DUST by William Faulkner
Released: June 15, 1948

"Faulkner's Mississippi and its inhabitants seem to have exchanged some of their nightmare quality for a quality of mercy, Southern style."
After a silence of eight years, Faulkner's new novel is sure of critical attention and wide interest, not only from the sheerly literary aspect but as an indication of Southern feeling on the controversial subject of the Negro. 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 >