Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2631)

KICKING TOMORROW by Daniel Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"More, please."
If not the only punk coming-of-age tale that will ever be set amidst the language wars of 70's Quebec, this funny, knowing, and boisterous novel will likely remain the best. Read full book review >
COLONY by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Fans will be doing cartwheels, and others will queue up."
If it's gothic, Siddons (Outer Banks, King's Oak, etc.) can do it, or so it would appear in this latest novel destined for commercial success. Read full book review >

THE BOSS'S WIFE by S.L. Stebel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Rather slapdash but rather funny."
The mildly dishonest chief of data processing at an L.A. megabank gets a new boss and learns how dishonest you can be if you really have imagination. Read full book review >
MARINE LIFE by Linda Svendsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Despite the throbbing downbeat, Svendsen's slim volume is distinguished by sharp, economical prose and a voice we want to hear more from."
A debut collection of eight linked stories more or less supports the notion that ``there are no happy marriages...only unexamined ones.'' And these tales of incest, suicide, cancer, alcoholism, divorce, and madness are as cheerful as a Bergman movie, with much of the same Protestant angst. Read full book review >
PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES by Steve Szilagyi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"The farrago of Twenties setting, Victorian plotting, folkloric conventions, and postmodern twitting of same makes this a curiosity most likely to appeal to readers willing to suspend several sorts of disbelief at once."
Do you believe in fairies? Read full book review >

NEGROPHOBIA by Darius James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"James's raucous debut is by far the best novel to emerge from New York's Lower East Side literary scene."
Every racial stereotype about black people comes to boisterous, blistering life in this outrageous first novel—a grand guignol comic book that draws from both racist kitsch and Afro- American high culture. Read full book review >
KAGAMI by Elizabeth Kata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Good summer reading."
An evocative, sweeping epic of a Japanese family—from the end of that country's self-imposed isolation in the mid-19th century to its devastating earthquake of 1923—by Australian native Kata (The Death of Ruth, 1982, etc.), who lived in Tokyo for decades. Read full book review >
MRS. VARGAS AND THE DEAD NATURALIST by Kathleen Alcala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"An intensely imaginative, often compelling debut."
Fantasies abound in this first story collection from Seattle- based Alcal†, who moves as subtly across the border between the US and Mexico as between the real and surreal, probing desperate lives of women under duress, and their dubious refuge of dreams. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S DREAM by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"A real treat- -and an education."
A thoroughly entertaining eighth novel from Smith (Fair and Tender Ladies, 1988, etc.) traces the roots of an extended, country-western ``singing'' family from 1830's hollow to contemporary Nashville. Read full book review >
THE JOKE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Buy someone's first novel instead."
Shades of the Rocky movies: This is English translation number five of Kundera's 1967 novel. Read full book review >
THE BIG HYPE by Avery Corman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"But hype will help."
Entertaining but far from caustic satire on celebrityhood that finds Corman (Prized Possessions, 1991, etc.) having fun with publishing and show biz. Read full book review >
COUNT GEIGER'S BLUES by Michael Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Witty, often admirable work but with a hidden agenda that grates."
Another distinctive fantasy featuring a dying protagonist (as in Unicorn Mountain, 1988), this one set in the mythical southern state of Oconee and its largest city, Salonika. 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 >