Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2643)

AFTER LYDIA by Sandra Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"This author is capable of better."
A disappointing second novel that again explores the mother- daughter relationship but lacks the consummate writing and insight that distinguished Blue Glass (1992). Read full book review >
REEF by Romesh Gunesekera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"An extraordinarily accomplished mix of the sensual and the cerebral in beautifully detailed settings by a writer of great promise."
The simple pleasures of the domestic arts well done become the stuff of metaphor in this wise and poignant tale of loss, both political and personal, by Sri Lankanborn Gunesekera (short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994). Read full book review >

TOOTH IMPRINTS ON A CORN DOG by Mark Leyner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Or with such maturity. (Author tour)"
After the loopy pyrotechnics of My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist (1991) and the gleeful dissection of celebrity in Et Tu, Babe (1992), what's left for postmodern Savoyard Leyner to do but shelve stories and novels and turn to the theater? Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-DO by Philip Weiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"An honorable try."
Ambitious first novel from journalist Weiss, in which a nice- ish public-service lawyer almost loses all his nice ideals in not- so-nice New York. Read full book review >
THE LAST BASTION by Peter C. Wensberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Trying too hard to be wry, Wensberg leaves readers confused about the point of a book that does little to illuminate a virtually extinct way of life."
A tedious look at a Boston men's club. Read full book review >

TECHNICOLOR PULP by Arty Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Piles of pop culture, occasionally funny, but ultimately unsuccessful."
Bikini magazine contributor Nelson debuts with a callow novel that wants to be Douglas Coupland crossed with Martin Amis but comes off more like a rough guide to bohemian sex, drugs, and scatology. Read full book review >
MOLLY FLANAGAN AND THE HOLY GHOST by Margaret Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Opulent detail cloaked in whispered prose makes Skinner's tale as subtly artless as Molly's own self-discovery."
Skinner's second novel, which picks up where Old Jim Canaan (1990) leaves off, tells the genuine, tender, and wise tale of young Jim Canaan's family in the voice of his daughter, whose lazy eye encourages a unique vision of the world. Read full book review >
WONDER BOYS by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Funny and wise, not to mention a great read. (Author tour)"
Himself a former wonder boy, Chabon (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, 1988, etc.) realizes his obvious talents with this mature and hilarious novel. Read full book review >
ISABEL'S BED by Elinor Lipman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"So well paced that you could devour it in one sitting, but so much fun that you'll regret finishing so quickly if you do. (Author tour)"
The unabashedly romantic Lipman (The Way Men Act, 1991, etc.) has a talent for turning talk-show fare and tabloid headlines into light yet meaningful fiction. Read full book review >
FAR TO GO by Julie Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Disappointingly flat."
From the big bestselling author of Lasting Treasures (1993), among many others, a Jewish family saga with a pace like Chinese water torture. Read full book review >
EAST BEACH by Ron Ely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Mystical stuff, man."
Retired salvage-agent Jake Sands (Night Shadows, 1994) is devastated by the death of nubile Santa Barbara waitress Julie Price, a beach bunny with invitingly soft bosoms, but not so devastated that he can't call her folks and announce that he's on the case. Read full book review >
JACKSON STREET by John A. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"An impressively serious and professional debut from a man who served in Vietnam himself and obviously knows whereof he writes."
A few of these gritty tales about military men have appeared in literary magazines, but they deserve a wider audience. 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 >