Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2634)

BETTER DAYS AHEAD by Charlie Valentine
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"An elaborate story of love, loss and the psychic toll of progress."
A serpentine series of relationships draws four families together as they struggle with the American dream. Read full book review >
SOUTHERN HUNT by Grace Boykin
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A charming, though slightly disorienting, story that will delight Southern readers."
The story of an Alabama family is set against the history of the nation in this biographical novel. Read full book review >

PEBBLE BEACH by Mark Schreiber
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"Bogeys a few holes, but buries enough birdies to break even."
A dying man reminisces while playing golf at storied course Pebble Beach. Read full book review >
BUTTERFIELD 8 by John O'Hara
Released: Oct. 17, 1935

"But — it will sell, and rent."
Appointment in Samarra staged a success. Read full book review >
TORTILLA FLAT by John Steinbeck
Released: May 28, 1935

"Some one of the staff should read it, surely."
An utterly unprecedented sort of book, and hard to analyze in its unique charm. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 16, 1934

"But watch your step."
Hard-hitting realism applied to a new subject. Read full book review >
IT'S A BATTLEFIELD by Graham Greene
Released: March 21, 1934

"London today, with cuts from various social strata."
Not a mystery story, but will appeal to those mystery fans who liked BEFORE THE FACT, and THE PARADINE CASE, though there is less of continuity of thought and plot, and more of the flashlight treatment of his earlier book, ORIENT EXPRESS. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 1934

"The reason the US publisher, Dodd Mead, did not use the UK title in 1934 was to avoid confusion with the 1932 Graham Greene novel, Orient Express."
A murder is committed in a stalled transcontinental train in the Balkans, and every passenger has a watertight alibi. Read full book review >
WINNER TAKE NOTHING by Ernest Hemingway
Released: June 15, 1933

"Suggest the cruel power of some of the stories in MEN WITHOUT WOMEN, though these are more unpleasant in character than the earlier collection."
The Hemingway market that wants Hemingway at his cruelest and most brutal, will want this new collection of short stories. Read full book review >
THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett
Released: Jan. 8, 1933

"The story of the search for a missing lover of a dead woman involves smart society and New York night life."
A good tale but not much of a mystery. Read full book review >
THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED by William S. Burroughs
Released: June 19, 1867

"The Ticket That Exploded, then, is another anti-utopian cry against the future of 'complete control,' the horror beyond the picture window, clownish surrealism which speaks louder than fact."
To produce an apocalyptic vision in the terms of a depraved Mack Sennett comedy, replete with vaudeville monologues on the absurd, is perhaps William Burroughs' thoroughly upsetting achievement, before which, to paraphrase Freud, any critic must lay down his arms. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL RIDING by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Released: June 5, 200

"Despite the syrupy distraction of superlover Basil, an unromantic look at kids caught in snares set by smarmy adults."
New Jersey runaways eager for action often wind up in glitzy, tawdry Atlantic City, and frequently, if they're sassy-looking but naive, in gangster Delmundo Real's hotel suite, where they disappear into the boudoir with older men with jaded tastes, particularly for violent sex. 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 >