Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2632)

THE VICTIM by Saul Bellow
Released: Nov. 19, 1947

"A story of New York today- in general introspective, thought provoking, but with the focus on the idea rather than the people, who are little more than lay figures."
Again a book on the theme of anti-semitism, but here is merely a fragmentary presentation without force, about which is woven a plot of nightmare quality. Read full book review >
THE REPRIEVE by Eric Sutton
Released: Nov. 10, 1947

"The market will be fairly well pre-determined on Sartre's name, and the interest in the earlier book, on which the sequel is dependent."
Following his Age of Reason in the existentialist triology, the focus in this second volume is international rather than individual, concentrated on the eight days of anxiety while the world pivoted on the verge of war, and Munich provided reprieve. Read full book review >

HELLBOX by John O'Hara
Released: Aug. 4, 1947

"From the New Yorker and elsewhere, this sustains the author's reputation for catching the contemporary scene in terms of the persons in the foreground."
Successor to Pipe Night these collected stories of O'Hara's show his precision and technical ability, and seemingly easy effectiveness. Read full book review >
SECOND GROWTH by Wallace Stegner
Released: July 15, 1947

"So well done that it will be enjoyed by an appreciative though not a large audience."
Stegner has proved himself adept in the field of the short novel; he has written one important novel, Big Rock Candy Mountain; now comes this book, neither novel nor short stories-but a book about a New Hampshire village that grows into a town during the vacation season when the visitors bring it to life. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF REASON by Eric Sutton
Released: July 14, 1947

"The novel is interesting as full evidence of existentialism, and will assuredly receive critical and intellectual notice."
Sartre, as the formulator and exponent of existentialism, has received considerable critical attention in recent months. Read full book review >

BEND SINISTER by Vladimir Nabokov
Released: June 1, 1947

"And yet, unless it gets the backing of individual enthusiasm, it probably wont sell."
One of the most intriguing novels we've seen for some time, unfortunately hampered by a slow, rather bewildering start. Read full book review >
AURORA DAWN by Herman Wouk
Released: April 21, 1947

"No dirt.'"
The title page reads "Aurora Dawn or, The True History of Andrew Reale. Read full book review >
THE CIRCUS IN THE ATTIC by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Jan. 22, 1947

"The twelve short stories are sketches, character bits, impressions, community cross sectioning, — stories that have been published over seventeen years by the Pulitzer Prize winner, author of All The King's Men."
Kentucky and Tennessee provide the background for most of the fourteen stories that make up this collection — a sort of between the wars Winesburg, Ohio — or perhaps even closer in the types of characters and situations to a prose Spoon River Anthology. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 1947

"The 'journey' progresses from uneasiness to madness, as Joel sees his father, hopelessly invalided and speechless, and learns from Randolph of the shooting which had crippled his father, and watches the gradual deterioration of Randolph, etc. Grotesque, experimental, for a limited audience of initiates, who may, possibly, have encountered this writer first in a Martha Foley collection of 'Bests.'"
A distorted, hallucinatory and—for the common reader—only dubiously intelligible interlude in the childhood of a young boy, Joel Knox, his "journey through dying rooms" as he leaves New Orleans to find his father at Scully's Landing. Read full book review >
ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
Released: June 15, 1946

"But as a novel it provides limited entertainment for largely a male market."
Once again Huey Long has provided the prototype for a novel built around a tycoon in the making. Read full book review >
DELTA WEDDING by Eudora Welty
Released: April 15, 1946

"A remembrance of customs and personalities, the feel of old roots dying and new roots going down, in lucid yet tortuous prose,- this is quality, rather than quality, merchandise."
Critically acclaimed for her short stories, the author here presents a novel of a September wedding in Mississippi in the 20's, at Shellmound, homeplace of the Fairchilds, determinedly independent within their close-woven family pattern...Motherless, nine year old Laura McRaven, visits her mother's family as the preparations for Dabney's wedding rush to their finals. Read full book review >
THE WAYWARD BUS by John Steinbeck
Released: Feb. 17, 1946

"Because what he does well, he does so extraordinarily well, it is all the more appalling when he descends to the depths of vulgarity."
Evidently even John Steinbeck "takes a walk" now and then. 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 >