- March 1, 1999 | The Book Review
- Escape From Ireland
Out of old-fashioned Irish literary stock -- crazy father, long-suffering mother, many restless children -- Emer Martin makes a modern, fast-paced (if slightly woolly) novel.
- August 23, 1999 | The Book Review
- Speed Read
We can't escape the accelerating pace of modern life, argues James Gleick, so we might as well enjoy it. But that doesn't leave time for much else -- say, reading.
- May 24, 1999 | The Book Review
- True West
Writing about the West is trickier than it looks -- and Annie Proulx, in her new collection of stories, carries it off without a hitch.
- May 4, 1998 | The Book Review
- Boyish Smarm
There's wit and good writing aplenty in Nick Hornby's "About a Boy." But the plot is a well-worn homily of emotional growth.
- March 9, 1998 | The Book Review
- She's Gotta Have It
In her strange new novel, "Spending," Mary Gordon has taken the themes of Jackie Collins and transposed them to the Upper West Side.
- August 30, 1999 | The Book Review
Disney's controlled experiment in small-town life is both a little Utopia and a breed of fascism. But mostly, there's not enough there there.
- April 12, 1999 | The Book Review
- Immaculate Confection
"East of the Mountains," David Guterson's follow-up to "Snow Falling on Cedars," is polished, heartwarming, civic-minded -- and devoid of mystery.
- September 27, 1999 | The Book Review
Frank McCourt's latest is another virtuoso display of charm and sheer likeability. But the suspicion arises: Is he really a misanthrope?
- June 7, 1999 | The Book Review
- The Sweetest Science
In his new book, Francis Fukuyama offers evidence that things are bound to improve. It's a beautiful theory -- but has he read the papers lately?
- March 15, 1999 | The Book Review
- Diet Fiction
New novels by Hanif Kureishi and Chimo are attractively slender -- the book as accesory -- but there's less there than meets the eye.