Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2690)

THE OUTSIDER by Richard Wright
Released: March 18, 1953

"And in the end, he is trapped by the very understanding of another 'outsider' — and by the ruthlessness of the Party."
A horrifying and disturbing story, completely unrelieved and so violent in its expression, so muted in its emotions, that it leaves the reader shocked- but unmoved. Read full book review >
SAYONARA by James A. Michener
Released: Jan. 25, 1953

"The Bridges of Toko-Ri, which might be more practical in its understanding and tolerance."
Along the "Butterfly" theme is this story of the incorruptible young officer, Major Lloyd Gruver, West Point '44 and Korean war ace, whose smug belief that he will follow the career laid out by his Father is taken to pieces and put together again by , number one girl of a Takarazuka troup, who gives him the love and tenderness that makes him a whole man. Read full book review >

EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck
Released: Sept. 19, 1952

"But John Steinbeck, the philosopher, dominates his material and brings it into sharply moral focus."
Tremendous in scope- tremendous in depth of penetration- and as different a Steinbeck as the Steinbeck of Burning Bright was from the Steinbeck of Grates of th. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway
Released: Sept. 8, 1952

"There's adventure here and Hemingway's old gift for merging drama and tenderness gives it a rare charm."
A long short story and worth the money in quality of the old Hemingway of Men Without Women days — though in quantity it can't bulk to more than a scant 150 pages. Read full book review >
THE NATURAL by Bernard Malamud
Released: Aug. 21, 1952

"A strange and arresting story (Malamud has been a contributor to Commentary Partisan Review etc.) which men- even those who never get further than the newspaper- should enjoy."
A highly original, tightly written novel of America's national sport and its periphery of fanatics, which in its fantastic invention of character and exploit assumes the proportions of the fabulous impossible. Read full book review >

PLAYER PIANO by Kurt Vonnegut
Released: Aug. 18, 1952

"And this new performance on the player piano of western civilization is worthy of more thoughtful attention."
A tough, tightly written book of a brave new world to come, which in its projection offers a tantalizing problem as well as an imaginative invention reminiscent of the early Huxley. Dr. Paul Proteus, a super engineer in a super-mechanized society, finds his life lacking in significance although he is on the eve of a spectacular promotion as the manager of the Pittsburgh works. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 1952

"The Ministry of Fear."
Three "entertainments" as Graham Greene defines his earlier thrillers, will introduce a new Greene to many who have "discovered" him with his serious psychological novels and his critical writing. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
Released: April 7, 1952

"Watch it."
An extremely powerful story of a young Southern Negro, from his late high school days through three years of college to his life in Harlem. Read full book review >
THE SHIPWRECKED by Graham Greene
Released: Jan. 9, 1952

"A provocative, occasionally speculative portrayal of marginal lives- to which disenchantment lends its finality."
A republication of an early novel which appeared in 1935 under the title England Made Me, and which was not widely read at that time. Read full book review >
LOVE IN A DRY SEASON by Shelby Foote
Released: Sept. 19, 1951

"I found it left a bad taste in my mouth."
Dirty and dull- but shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed so that- while you loathe practically every character in the book, you believe in them. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1951

"It is also reminiscent of William Goyen's House of Breath in its use of the wind symbol and a poetic, fluid language."
This second novel by Truman Capote is acute and contained, and provides an appealing modern folktale which is full of humor, tenderness and his particular type of antenna-awareness. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 1951

"The last part of the book, the Court Martial and its aftermath, seems slightly anticlimactic, but all in all this stands out as perhaps the most important novel of the war in the Pacific."
This has the sombre and dramatic values of Mister Roberts. 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 >