Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2633)

DELTA WEDDING by Eudora Welty
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1946

"Don't well as war stuff, in the ordinary sense, but as stories rooted in the experiences of the last few years."
Strictly popular story telling, good stuff for men, this is well handled material on the ways and means by which a war was fought, and the men who fought, not always with guns, and the carefree moments that broke the tension and monotony. Read full book review >
DANGLING MAN by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1944

"An unsympathetic figure as portrayed; not very satisfying reading."
Diary of an interlude — as Joseph, undergoing the whimsies of his draft board, spends several months of contemplative inactivity while waiting for his letter from the President. Read full book review >
CANNERY ROW by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 1944

"And one feels that to him, too, they are part of the flavor of a folk legend of today."
I loved it — and to my mind — it fits admirably an immediate need in our season's lists, — the need for a richly patterned story spun out of another layer of that peculiar underworld with which Steinbeck is at his best. Read full book review >

THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1943

"It is one of the important novels of the Fall season."
This is the most important book Wallace Stegner has done, and he has been marked as "a comer" ever since his memorable novelette, Remembering Laughter. Read full book review >
AT HEAVEN'S GATE by Robert Penn Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1943

"Narsh, dynamic, convincing, but certainly not pleasant reading nor a book for a wide popular sale."
There's brilliance here, power too, in a novel of the South in the late '80's which is sometimes scathing, sometimes militant, consistently incisive — and which — with a hard precision, presents a group of people in conflict. Read full book review >
THE MINISTRY OF FEAR by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1943

"Ingenious intrigue, handled with fastidious finish."
Less bizarre than Brighton Rock or Thy Labyrinthine Ways, this is a return to the straight mystery novel which in Greene's hands is always something more. Read full book review >
THE MOON IS DOWN by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1942

"An extraordinary achievement."
This seems a simple — almost an obvious book — until its overtones and undertones begin to do their deadly work. Read full book review >
A CURTAIN OF GREEN by Eudora Welty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1941

"Distinctive — but for a limited market."
A group of short stories by a talented, new (but not green) writer, mostly of the south, poor white, Negro, or lower middle class. Read full book review >
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1940

"But it is a book that repays one for bleak moments of unpleasantness."
This is good Hemingway. Read full book review >
THE HAMLET by William Faulkner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1940

"I should think this would be sharply limited."
Faulkner, the stellar verbal marathon winner, once again indulges in tortuous and tortured excesses in this new novel, reintroducing the Snopes of some of his earlier work. 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 >