Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2633)

HARD GUY by Thornton Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 1992

"You've met these reptiles and their super-macho mystique before, in Jim Thompson and Donald Goines, but Elliott draws them with knowledge and energy enough to make it fun to watch them slither."
It's not only the ex-con hero of this lean and mean (and familiar) crime thriller who's a hard guy: first-novelist Elliott is himself doing life in a Tennessee state prison. Read full book review >
AT THE SIGN OF THE NAKED WAITER by Amy Herrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 1992

"Individual chapters of genuine charm and humane appeal just manage to stand out amid much cloying whimsy."
Herrick's oh-so-mannered debut novel features a heroine who witnesses the occasional supernatural manifestation while pondering the meaning of life on earth. Read full book review >

IN THE LAND OF MEN by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 1992

"Sharp-edged American fiction, by a very promising writer."
Nelson's first story collection, The Expendables, won the 1990 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and her second is even better—tough-talking, provocative tales that plunge deep into the heart of love and solitude. Read full book review >
BLACK MARKET by Robert Tine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Tightknit all the way, with strong characterizations, terrific dialogue, and a grand sense of street-life in a starving Rome."
The best novel so far from Tine (Midnight City, 1986, etc.): a richly colored suspenser about an all-black US Army unit in Rome in 1944, just after the Nazis have left. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Melodramatic, certainly, but the message is still timely."
A striking collection of two novels and three short stories, the entire output of a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, who was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship (in 1930), and whose literary career had ended by 1933. Read full book review >

FIRE ALONG THE SKY by Robert Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Tom Jones as The Deerslayer."
A handsome young Irishman with theatrical leanings abandons the delights of George III's London to follow a melancholic friend to the Colonies, where he visits a kinsman and the restless Mohawks in upstate New York. Read full book review >
THE WAR OF DON EMMANUEL'S NETHER PARTS by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 1992

"Synthetic and, worse, mostly a bore."
A first novel by a British writer that, somewhat cynically, seems to want to wrap up all things Latin American into one package: myth, politics, comedy, economics, ethnology, geography, you name it. Read full book review >
NEW CRIMES 3 by Maxim--Ed. Jakubowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Jakubowski seems to specialize in stories nobody else wants- -publishers or readers."
Bookstore owner Jakubowski serves up 18 never-published-before stories, two long-buried turns from John D. MacDonald and Robert B. Parker, and a piece of Holmesian puffery from John Dickson Carr. Read full book review >
MEMORY AND DESIRE by Lisa Appignanesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Lots of analysis, sex, and references to great artists make for gripping fun that never rises above fur-lined romance."
First novel from Polish-born scholar and critic Appignanesi (Postmodernism, Ideas from France, etc.—not reviewed): a big, rich family romance that strives for intelligent characterizations while loading on entertainment values. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF THE NEW WORLD by Susan Richards Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Rooted in formula, but blooming quixotically—something more than the garden-variety family saga."
A multigenerational saga with all the trappings—plague, Indians, murder, fame, and love—but graced here with some subtlety and surprise by Shreve, whose seven earlier novels (A Country of Strangers, 1989, etc.) were fine and quirky enough to avoid easy genre tags. Read full book review >
THE SERENITY OF WHITENESS by Zhu Hong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1992

"A moving, if relentless, document of Chinese women's lives."
From contemporary Chinese women writers: a powerful but uneven collection of stories unified by unsubtle displeasure with the conditions of women in China. Read full book review >
PORTRAITS OF THE MISSING by Julian Symons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Brevity and repetitiousness, though, make this a thin book for the money."
Eight narrative sketches, rather in the manner of Beerbohm's Seven Men, of figures who, as Symons says, ``never fitted into any of my crime stories.'' Though the opening anecdote about cadaverous columnist E. J. Bastable and Promethean dunderhead Thomas Tucker (whom Bastable keeps promoting as ``the poet of the era'') is, despite the author's disclaimer, a full-blown short story, most of the succeeding pieces are parables of social history. 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 >