Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2631)

PEOPLE WILL TALK by Lucianne Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Like Madame Cleo's Girls (1992), nonstop connivance without a mean bone in its body: a Mister Rogers production of Tosca."
The tragicomic accidental death of omnipotent New York gossip columnist Lolly Pines sets in motion a cheerful scramble for control of her column, access to her sources, and knowledge of the secrets that made her so powerful. Read full book review >
FINAL TOUR by Jonellen Heckler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"It is difficult not to get caught up in the waves that move this story along, even if the water being rippled is naturally stagnant. (First serial to Good Housekeeping)"
Heckler (Circumstances Unknown, 1993, etc.) conjures up another thriller that plays by familiar rules but still elicits some suspense. Read full book review >

PIPPA PASSES by Rumer Godden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"As full of garbage as Venice's famed canals."
Godden (Great Grandfather's House, 1993, etc.) is known for sentimental, old-fashioned morality tales, and this absurdity is no exception. Read full book review >
MARGERY KEMPE by Robert Glück
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"Numbingly frenzied, frustrated, and futile."
GlÅck pushes the envelope way too far as he attempts to use the history of a failed, would-be saint from the 15th century to explore his own romantic obsession in the 1990s. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1994

"Once was bad enough; twice is unforgivable."
Tennant's wretched second sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (after Pemberley, 1993) has none of the beloved original's wit, brilliance, or biting satire. Read full book review >

FROM FIELDS OF GOLD by Alexandra Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1994

"A paperback original spilling out of its hardcover corset."
Slim pickings from the turn-of-the-century North Carolina tobacco industry, by the author of Scarlett (not reviewed) and a slew of other Southern-fried fiction (New Orleans Legacy, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
WHEN OLD MEN DIE by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Shambling and shapeless, with lots of shooting in darkened rooms in lieu of the kind of suspense that might be sparked by your wanting to know what happened to people you care about."
Galveston, Tex., shamus Truman Smith, the slowest-moving of Crider's three series detectives (Gator Kill, 1992, etc.), reluctantly agrees to search for Outside Harry Mercer, a destitute homeless man who turns out to be the most popular fellow on the island. Read full book review >
HOTEL SPLENDID by Marie Redonnet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Like traveling a very long, very dark tunnel into a blinding, bright, beautiful light."
In these three slim, yet amazingly potent, novels, French author Redonnet (translated into English here for the first time) creates a triptych joined by theme, symbol, voice, style, and temperament. Read full book review >
CAN YOU GET THERE FROM HERE? by Donley Watt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Ordinary people don't have to be boring—look at Walter Mitty- -but unfortunately Watt's characters are."
A debut collection of slice-of-life stories about run-of-the- mill Texans—cruising men with women on the brain, and bosomy women with men on the brain. Read full book review >
THE CARES OF THE DAY by Ivan Webster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"A family reunion at which pleasure is scarce."
Webster's rambling genealogical rundown has some humble charm, but his debut reads more like notes for a first draft than an actual novel. Read full book review >
THE UNFASTENED HEART by Lane von Herzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"An endearing tale, though von Herzen's characters are, for the most part, familiar members of the magical realism roster. (Literary Guild selection)"
This light but charming follow-up to Copper Crown (1991) is the whimsical story of a Southern California healer, her female clients, and their effect on her angelic daughter's first love affair. Read full book review >
THE VERY MODEL OF A MAN by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Jacobson looks into faith and sees only dark corners."
A smug novel that aspires to rip the lid off religious convention and conviction. 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 >