Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2669)

WOMEN AND GHOSTS by Alison Lurie
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Crisp prose throughout, but the spook show gets in the way of character development. (Author tour)"
With her usual dry wit, Lurie (The Truth About Lorin Jones, 1988, etc.) makes the supernatural seem at first possible, and then inevitable, as this collection's gimmick loses its freshness. Read full book review >
HOUSE WORK by Kristina McGrath
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A domestic drama in the noblest, most wistful sense."
The quiet dignity of hard work and honest values dapples McGrath's poetic first novel with flecks of brilliance. Read full book review >

THE EDGE by Mark Olshaker
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"A gritty cop story distinguished by its original and brain-teasing ending."
Medical technology turns a standard whodunit into a grisly and satisfying thriller. Read full book review >
THE LONG SUN by Janice Lucas
Released: Aug. 30, 1994

"Despite an attempt at an affirmative portrayal of Natives, the Indians come off as stereotypes, alternately romanticized and described as grunting primitives."
This interesting historical romance, which purports to be based on family lore from the author's Native American heritage, nonetheless lapses into colonialist fantasy. Read full book review >
THE INFORMERS by Bret Easton Ellis
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"Who cares, Bret?"
Ellis (American Psycho, not reviewed, etc.) beats a dead horse in yet another self-consciously cool look at wealthy Los Angelenos taking drugs and having meaningless sex in the '80s. Read full book review >

A ROYAL MURDER by Elliott Roosevelt
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"Fact and historical fiction blur in what is, absent Roosevelt's clear fixation on his mother, just a routine mystery."
Roosevelt (Murder in the East Room, 1993, etc.) again presses his mother into service as an amateur crime buster in yet another of his posthumously published mysteries. Read full book review >
ON THE CONTRARY by André Brink
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

South African novelist Brink (Cape of Storms, 1992, etc.) again revisits the past to tell a picaresque tale that is also a heartfelt but clumsy mea culpa. Read full book review >
HENRY AND CLARA by Thomas Mallon
Released: Aug. 16, 1994

"No magic, but solid writing about two casualties of history."
Mallon (Rockets and Rodeos, 1992) has created an enjoyable, if depressing, novel about Henry and Clara Rathbone, who were sitting in the theater box with Mary and Abraham Lincoln on the night of the president's assassination. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 1994

"At times vintage Taylor—warm, evocative, and darkly humorous- -but it doesn't really hold up as a novel."
Taylor (The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court, 1993, etc.) has written a novel that reads like a stream-of-conscious autobiography, sprinkled with wonderful moments but without the sustaining power fiction requires to propel it. ``In the Tennessee country of my forebears it was not uncommon for a man of good character suddenly to disappear,'' begins Nat Longfort, the elderly narrator. Read full book review >
NEED by Lawrence David
Released: Aug. 16, 1994

"Some sharp-eyed producer will purchase movie rights to Need, hone it to essentials, inject a good deal more eroticism, and create a fine thriller; the book itself offers too few fireworks. (Author tour)"
A surfeit of detail and a slow-moving plot hobble this second novel by the author of Family Values (1993). Read full book review >
USER by Bruce Benderson
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Benderson has a tremendous talent and a real feel for the night-world of New York; the question is how much readers can take."
A startling and eerie second novel by Benderson (Pretending to Say No, 1991, etc.) provides an unvarnished glimpse into a netherworld of drug dealers, transvestites, transsexuals, and prostitutes. Read full book review >
DADDY by Janet Inglis
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Nonetheless, Inglis does manage to convey the destructive yet irresistible power of erotic obsession and, more profoundly, the loneliness, confusion, and sense of displacement that leaves children flailing in divorce's wake."
A first novel about the pain of growing up in a broken family that is determinedly shocking, relentlessly readable, and often as adolescent as its protagonist. 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 >