- October 6, 2003
- California Screamin'
Joan Didion has checked out of California—but as her new memoir, Where I Was From, shows, she can never leave.
- October 19, 1998
- In Brief: "Filth"
- March 26, 2001
- Horse Play
Seabiscuit: An American Legend, By Laura Hillenbrand; The Hole in the Universe, By K. C. Cole
- March 9, 1998
- 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.
- November 8, 2004
- The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst’s fourth novel is a scathing examination of the sexual, racial, and class fault lines of the Thatcher era.
- January 3, 2005
- The Way We Don't Quite Live Now
A ballyhooed Corrections knockoff from Down Under points up the stalled state of the social novel.
- June 11, 2001
- Fuzzy Logic
Kissing in Manhattan
By David Schickler
By Emma Richler
- May 16, 2005
- The Coast of Akron
Beneath the bright cocktail patter of 'Akron,' there is not only the whiff of smugness that often accompanies the irreproachably hip, but also a critical remoteness.
- April 21, 2003
- Descent of Man
James Frey’s barroom machismo is the key to a swaggering recovery in his new memoir of addiction.
- October 30, 2000
- By Midas Touched
Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis
By Nicholas Gage; 424 pages; Alfred A. Knopf; $26.95.
America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
By Sarah Bradford; 500 pages; Viking; $29.95.