- October 19, 1998 | The Book Review
- Updike at Ease
In "Bech at Bay," John Updike takes aim at German tourists and literary-world pomposity, among other targets. He's a good shot -- but they're still fish in a barrel.
- October 5, 1998 | The Book Review
- Well Red
Philip Roth revisits the Red-scare fifties and finds the same old stories of passion and disillusionment -- but told in rhetoric that's a weird American poetry.
- September 28, 1998 | The Book Review
- Last Year's Model
Jay McInerney's "Model Behavior" is a retelling of a certain eighties novel about Manhattan high life -- but with book critics as villains. Mere coincidence?
- August 10, 1998 | The Book Review
- As L.A. Dying
In "Ecology of Fear," Mike Davis takes cruel pleasure in describing the disasters -- natural and man-made -- awaiting the Pompeii of the Pacific.
- June 15, 1998 | The Book Review
- Commercial Fiction
In Richard Powers's "Gain," capitalism itself is the main character, and selling soap has never been so interesting.
- June 1, 1998 | The Book Review
- Best Western
Just when it seemed his "Border Trilogy" had thundered out of control comes Cormac McCarthy with a novel that lassoes the first two neatly.
- May 18, 1998 | The Book Review
- The Norman Heart
"The Time of Our Time" is Mailer's compelling, exhausting anthologized account of Mailer's boxing match with history.
- 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.
- April 6, 1998 | The Book Review
- Buyer's Remorse
The products have forsaken the consumers in Douglas Coupland's oddly old-school dispatch from the McAbyss.
- 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.