Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2669)

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 >
THE MAGIC BARREL by Bernard Malamud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1958

"The stories have appeared in Commentary, Partisan Review, Harper's Bazaar, etc. - and the critical success of The Assistant may bring them a wider readership than the genre usually attracts."
In this collection of thirteen short stories, four are excellent- Angel Levine, The Lady of the Lake, The Last Mohican, and the title story. Read full book review >
THE SUBTERRANEANS by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1958

..... live in the alleys of San Francisco- smoking tea- and talking of Wolfe and Baudelaire and Pound and peote- and listening to bop. Read full book review >
THE POORHOUSE FAIR by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1958

"For those whose pleasure lies in words and phrases and a sudden, awakening glimpse of different worlds and people around them."
An ingenious poet (The Carpentered Hen, p. 59, published by Harper) reveals a distinctive ability for portraying, clinically, sparsely, not only a place, — the poor-house, the incidents — inmates versus management, but also the quality of age and its relinquishing, reluctantly, of the past. Read full book review >
GIMPEL THE FOOL by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 1957

"Various translators have kept the simplicity and native characteristics of the stories which, in their sly mirroring of human frailties and their compassion for man's attempts to be strong, have a universal note."
Twelve short stories stem from Jewish life in Poland and, while most have a folk-legend quality, there are a few which have a contemporary setting. Read full book review >
THE REEFS OF TAPROBANE by Arthur C. Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1957

"What is known as a pleasure to read."
A most amiable continuation of this author's previous The Coast Of Coral (1956) here brings him back from that expedition and starts him off on one that takes him to Ceylon and the waters on its north, east, south and west — and over the land itself. 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 >