Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2643)

THE CROSSROADS by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 1959

"Slick- and sexy stuff."
At the crossroads of Florida's Highway 71, the four children of Charles Drovek have built a motel-shopping center empire, but while they are very successful- they have their personal troubles; the oldest, Charles, is married to a hopeless alcoholic and in love with another woman; the youngest, Pete, has a swivel-hipped wife; etc., etc. So that the plan to steal the savings of old Pop Drovek, while it is carried out — by his daughter-in-law and her lovers, and while it leads to a double murder, is only one of several points of interest here. Read full book review >
PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1959

"But all in all, it adds up to more effort than entertainment."
Some high to broad comic caricatures and a set-up situation ease off- into romance- and offer a vista of a Summer Workshop in Cuernavaca where some thirteen students come for a month to paint. Read full book review >

THE BARON IN THE TREES by Italo Calvino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1959

"A book for very special tastes."
A marvelous, bizarre, witty, and free-swinging fantasy concerning Cosimo, the eldest son of a noble family, who, in a moment of rebellion, vows to live out his life up in the trees-and does so. Read full book review >
DR. SAX by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1959

"Kerouac's vocabulary is at its most challenging, and you can cut your teeth on oiky-cloiky, grooking, weyic, groomus, mowurpy and dommerfall."
At one point in this incoherent fugue, Doctor Sax says-"'In my ammenuosis shack, madame' (he chewed viciously on a cud of tobacco and sunk the chawcake in his inner backpockets till later). Read full book review >
TIME OUT OF JOINT by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 1959

"Perching on the rim of the real and the unreal, precariously vacillating, this effort is marred by some obvious, unexplained and distracting inconsistencies."
This is a fast moving excursion into a fantasy world of the future. Read full book review >

THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY by Flannery O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 1959

"As a specialist in southern horror stories Miss O'Connor's attitude has been wry, her preferences perverse, her audience special."
In her first novel — Wise Blood and in a collection of short stories — A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O'Connor manifested, along with her obvious talent, a penchant for the grotesque. Read full book review >
HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1959

"Nevertheless, this is a powerful, funny and moving book that shouldn't be missed by anyone seriously interested in the American novel."
The National Book Award winner's first full length novel since The Adventures of Augie March is as bursting with life and energy as that fascinating book and has an even more absorbing hero. Read full book review >
EXODUS by Leon Uris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1958

"For all of his lack of the basic literary skills Uris, writing from a hotly partisan viewpoint, has succeeded in welding his material into an effective and dramatic novel that should certainly reach the audience it is aimed at—and probably more besides."
Nothing less than the history of European Jewry from the end of the last century to the establishment of the state of Israel is the subject of this big novel. Read full book review >
NABOKOV'S DOZEN by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1958

"It is especially interesting in that the author of and L there seem letting the strains of those two most different books work or fight it out together."
This collection of thirteen short stories is uneven and ranges from three or four first class short stories through various memories, curiosities, character sketches and a Kafka-esque horror story, to oddments that are next to pointless. Read full book review >
LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1958

"Any bookseller should be very sure that he knows in advance that he is selling very literate pornography."
Nabokov is not unknown here. Read full book review >
DHARMA BUMS by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1958

"There, high on a hilltop, it is revealed, the search ends- and except for those dedicated, nirvana will never have seemed nearer."
Up for air after The Subterraneans- way up (mountain climbing is the new kick) are the Dharma Bums, Ray Smith, Japhy Ryder- a high-domed hepcat, and some of their Zen Lunatic friends who have been chewing their cuds, sipping muscatel, junking, holding Zen Fun Love Orgies (no celibate Buddhists these) in the cellars of San Francisco. Read full book review >
THE LONG DREAM by Richard Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1958

"Richard Wright says what he has to say, without fear or favor."
Native Son in 1940, Black Boy in 1945 — and now The Long Dream! 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 >