Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2690)

BITTERSWEET by Leslie Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Promising and certainly instructive, but a bit of a bumpy ride."
A panoramic whirl through Chinese history in a first novel inspired by a Chinese grandmother who was granted that most ambiguous of wishes—to live in interesting times. Read full book review >
NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"No short- story fan should miss it."
The seventh volume in this now-established series is a welcome mix of stories by new and established authors, drawn from a wide variety of magazines, from The Black Warrior Review to The New Yorker. Read full book review >

WALKING INTO THE RIVER by Lorian Hemingway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Hemingway has promise—perhaps especially now that she's got this bitter pill out of her system."
A first novel by Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, with the requisite dim biographical echoes and a touch of Hemingway-iana, like sport-fishing and the African big-game hunting scene. Read full book review >
YORUBA GIRL DANCING by Simi Bedford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Evocative story of coming-of-age, cultural transformations, and continuities."
Funny, touching debut by a Nigerian-born resident of London: a young Yoruba girl goes off to a posh English boarding-school after WW II to learn English ways in preparation for life in her soon-to-be-independent nation. Read full book review >
DOCTOR CRIMINALE by Malcolm Bradbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Ultimately, then, a dull and curiously empty work, pretty much lacking Bradbury's customary comic edge."
Known for his satirical novels about British academics (Rates of Exchange, 1983, etc.), Bradbury here examines the way we treat cultural icons. Read full book review >

THIEF OF LIVES by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Reed is a clean, clear stylist, everywhere expert and attractive."
Fifteen stories by the author of 1991's psychological thriller Gone (written as Kit Craig and soon to be seen as a TV melodrama). Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW MAN by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Big brainy equations, small rewards."
Psychic fantasy science novel with a touch of horror, just enough to allow Simmons (Children of the Night, p. 564; Summer of Night, etc.) to keep his foot in that field as well. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Absorbing and always, thanks to Winchester's intelligence and firsthand knowledge, quite believable."
Hong Kong resident Winchester—a Manchester Guardian correspondent whose nonfiction Their Noble Lordships (1982) and Pacific Rising (1991) dished up the House of Lords and the Pacific Rim respectively—treats the breakup of China as future historical fiction. Read full book review >
ALIEN PLOT by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"And most annoying of all is Anthony's blithe assumption that everything he writes is both essential and salable; he's wrong on both counts."
Only the second story collection (Anthonology, 1986) from prolific novelist Anthony: a mixed bag of 18 pieces, 1970-91, ranging from vignettes and quasi-essays to fiction novellas, and including seven works previously unpublished for one reason or another. Read full book review >
LILY by Cindy Bonner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Even readers who don't approve of Lily's love-choice will cheer for her all the way."
Bonner's beguiling first novel—about love between a hard- working farm girl and an outlaw in 1883 Texas—manages to be thoroughly romantic without romanticizing violence: a wonderful evocation of time and place and the voice of a strong, hopeful 15- year-old girl. Read full book review >
THE MIDWIFE'S ADVICE by Gay Courter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Again, for the Belva Plain audience and for those enthralled by dramas centered on the nether end: a ham-handed treatment of delicate matters—which should fairly fly off the airport bookracks."
In The Midwife (1981), Hannah Blau Sokolow, Jewish-Russian midwife, delivered babies in Russia, in America, on the high seas, and detoured into advice on sexual matters. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE IVORY GATE by Rita Dove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Virginia worth knowing, but she's not alive enough on the page to be of interest for herself instead of just for her situation."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (1987) occasionally gives her gift free rein in this somewhat mechanically rendered first novel- -about a young artistic black woman and her search for self. 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 >