Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2669)

TEXAS! SAGE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Damn, Sage'' ain't for everyone."
Cowboys, horses and tough-talking blondes duke it out in this feisty conclusion to former television weatherperson Brown's lowbrow TEXAS! trilogy—this featuring the spoiled youngest daughter of the Dallas-like Tyler clan and her passionate search for love. Read full book review >
A FOREIGN WOMAN by Sergei Dovlatov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A choice assortment of comic characters and incidents make this a wry but affectionate portrait of one of New York's newer communities."
A slight but engagingly humorous novel by Russian ÇmigrÇ Dovlatov (Ours: Scenes from Russian Family Life; The Suitcase) about life in the Russian section of Queens. Read full book review >

THAT SWEET AND SAVAGE LAND by Emma Drummond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Like Drummond's others: a journeyman romance with some bright and gritty byways."
War in 19th-century India at the height of the Raj and its gore and glory is background for a thorny romance involving two miserably wedded lovers. Read full book review >
THE COVER ARTIST by Paul Micou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Micou deftly chronicles the absurdities of fashion and society, and, while wittily recounting this rite of passage, he also writes a moving love story of a man and his dog."
Another refreshingly literate and witty novel by Micou (The Music Programme, 1990), whose chronicle of a hapless young man at the mercy of a worldly and often corrupt society is gratifyingly reminiscent of Waugh and Wodehouse. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT TRAVELLERS by Elizabeth Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Readable but thin."
Though the period and the themes are those of the Vietnam era, a more perennial and primordial war—that between a mother and daughter—dominates this latest novel from Spencer (Jack of Diamonds, etc.). Read full book review >

STRIKING OUT by Robert Lamb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A sweet-natured foray, heavily tinged with nostalgia, into an age when growing up was mostly good fun—no drugs, no racial problems, only a little conflict between social classes and some anxiety about college."
The coming-of-age of an 18-year-old in the 1950's South—in an occasionally funny debut novel that's especially good on adolescent repartee but tends in the late going to idealize its hero and turn the plot into a wish-fulfillment fantasy. Read full book review >
FORCE MAJEURE by Bruce Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Richly done boffo winner."
Smashing debut novel in which screenwriter Bud Wiggin, a Thomas Wolfe for failed screenwriters, seems to be a stand-in for author Wagner—screenwriter of the stupid but successful Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Read full book review >
THE TUESDAY MAN by David Daniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 1991

"It will irritate many."
Murders on Martha's Vineyard take a local policeman into the dark heart of a political campaign—in a police thriller by the author of Ark (1985). Read full book review >
THE PERFECT MURDER by Jack Hitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 1991

"A hilarious means of introducing readers to the mind-set of the hard-boiled, the cozy, the traditional, the antic, and the glib state of the current mystery masterminds, with Hillerman and Lovesey the standouts."
An amplified reprint from Harper's magazine in which editor/author Hitt, as the wealthy, unhappily married ``Tim,'' puckishly asked five mystery writers—Lawrence Block, Sarah Caudwell, Tony Hillerman, Peter Lovesey, and Donald Westlake—to suggest a fabulous, money-no-object, dramatic means of disposing of his philandering ``wife'' that would incriminate his cuckolding ``best friend.'' Surprisingly, Hitt turns out to be the best writer in the group, Westlake the flattest, and Hillerman and Lovesey the funniest. Read full book review >
INTERGIRL by Vladimir Kunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 1991

"Fascinating detail and description from inside Russia, but the story itself, despite well-drawn characters, is merely a maudlin vehicle for these undeniably sensational revelations."
A somewhat overwrought but nonetheless intriguing ``documentary novel'' of Soviet prostitution, a bestseller in Russia. Read full book review >
PERFECT TOGETHER by Nora Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 1991

"A breath of fresh air in the often sentimental mommy-book genre."
A sophisticated, naughty tale of a fast-track lawyer's near collapse when her husband sires a child with their spaced-out maid- -told with liberal doses of cynicism and dark-side humor by the author of Uncharted Places (1988), Tender Offer (1986), etc. It was a perfect New York marriage: Fran, the petite European- bred sophisticate, a divorce lawyer with a boyish bob and excellent taste in home decoration, and Charlie, her dreamy physicist husband from the stolid depths of Ohio. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 1991

"Maximum narcolepsy."
Quasi-autobiographical antinovel with an infinity of self- reflexive notes for a never-written novel that doesn't get written here either; by a French professor of mathematics. 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 >