Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2633)

WINTER RULES by Barry Cork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Fun, but less than Cork's best."
The latest in the sprightly series (Laid Dead, 1991, etc.) about London's golfer-novelist-car-freak Inspector Angus Straun finds Angus being pressed into service by Special Branch. Read full book review >
A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Re-creating the fullness of history with its wealth of human faces and failings, this is a lively, engrossing tale of power, glory, and despair."
British novelist Mantel weighs in with her American debut: a massively impressive, painstakingly detailed saga of the French Revolution as its leaders lived it. Read full book review >

THE SHIPPING NEWS by E. Annie Proulx
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Proulx does okay by Newfoundland (though she won't help tourism any), but Quoyle, the poor turkey, is a fatal self- inflicted wound."
Life was hard for Proulx's people in Heart Songs (1988) and Postcards (1991), and it's no easier for them in this dreary second novel, as they battle the elements (and their private demons) in Newfoundland. Read full book review >
WHAT REMAINS by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Ten years' worth of stories by (formerly East) German writer Wolf (Accident, 1989; No Place on Earth, 1982; etc.), with the title novella being of most interest: a woman writer is being followed closely by secret police, with her own internal censor in full gear as well. Read full book review >
CUT TO THE QUICK by Kate Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Whodunit is only the climactic revelation in a tale that crackles with contemporary tension."
Cambridgeshire, 1824. Read full book review >

VAN GOGH'S ROOM AT ARLES by Stanley Elkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"All vehicles for Elkin's infectious delight in language, his ability to find a fresh way of looking at everything—from a take-out pizza to a Van Gogh painting—and his sense that life is more often than not a tragic joke."
From Elkin (The MacGuffin, Pieces of Soap, etc.), three novellas that limn with controlled passion and wry humor the anguish of disjointedness—of not quite catching "the beautiful ruin of the world and the other moving parts of vision." Read full book review >
TIM AND PETE by James Robert Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, despite the excesses and overall shapelessness: some antic instances and vivid nostalgia for pre-AIDS gay life, combined with a pungent depiction of rabid heterophobia."
Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams, 1986; Boy Wonder, 1988) brings together two gay ex-lovers for a 24-hour swing through the streets and byways of L.A. Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, and violence: the guided tour is sometimes smartly satirical, sometimes padded with endless pages of dialogue, mind-numbing instances, and predictable types, though a Charlie Manson riff livens up the finish. Read full book review >
POET AND DANCER by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

The latest from novelist and screenwriter Jhabvala (Three Continents, 1987, etc.): a quiet horror-tale of a relationship in which innocence willingly pays the price evil demands. Read full book review >
MOTHER ROCKET by Rita Ciresi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Sharp-eyed, gently humorous fiction whose characters linger in the mind."
Seven tales—most first published in the California Quarterly, Colorado Review, etc., and winners together of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction—explore a startling variety of unlikely romantic liaisons in various states of disrepair. Read full book review >
CIRCUMSTANCES UNKNOWN by Jonellen Heckler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"The characters, including the homicidal lunatic, are not completely believable, but the sleuthing and suspense are sharp and fast."
A suspense thriller, something of a departure for Heckler, who hitherto has dealt with overheated family embroilments—mothering and love trials of a Vietnam war-wife in Safekeeping (1983); alcoholism in A Fragile Peace (1986); and spatting siblings in White Lies (1989). Read full book review >
THE STOLEN GODS by Jake Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Veteran author Page (Demon State, etc., etc.) writes with a slyly lazy charm that keeps the Hopi lore under control in this laid-back sabbatical for Tony Hillerman fans."
Introducing blind Santa Fe sculptor Mo Bowdre, who has to compete with a bevy of other detectives to track down the Hopi kachinas stolen from the Meyers gallery the night unscrupulous owner Walter Meyers was killed. Read full book review >
SKIN by Kathe Koja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Beyond the styptic pencil and safety blades."
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 >