Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

ELEGY LANDSCAPES by Stanley Plumly
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A polyphonic, scholarly study of two of art history's most important figures."
A finely curated exploration of the progressive landscape paintings of John Constable (1776-1837) and J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Read full book review >
GROSS ANATOMY by Mara Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A simultaneously funny and informative memoir about the wonder of the human body."
A journalist/author explores the whys and hows of the female body as she confronts the "volatile and apprehensive relationship" she has with her own body parts. Read full book review >

VIOLENCE by Brad Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A provocative volume that challenges humanity to correct its runaway course toward an increasingly violent future by learning from its violent past."
Notable contemporary thinkers and creators give their individual perspectives in this compelling look at violence. Read full book review >
A WAY HOME by Scott F. Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A deftly composed collection that evokes, even in its specificity, the feeling of a place that may have only existed in memory."
A series of essays explores Oregon, the author's home state. Read full book review >
THE DARK INTERVAL by Rainer Maria Rilke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A slim, mildly intriguing glimpse into Rilke's daily life.
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A collection of never-before-published letters by the renowned poet. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lively model of modern folklore and a must for fans of the original series."
A welcome rekindling of the Foxfire franchise of books on Southern folkways. Read full book review >
ATTENTION by Joshua Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Some readers will find Cohen's writing too disparate and snarky, but for those comfortable with the Vollmann/Gass/Eggers school of writing, these essays are the cat's meow."
Cohen (Moving Kings, 2017, etc.), selected as a Granta Best Young American Novelist, has been turning out big, daunting novels, and this collection of his journalistic pieces rivals them in scope and density. Read full book review >
MAEVE IN AMERICA by Maeve Higgins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A warmly intelligent and insightful collection."
An Irish comic and writer gathers essays about her experiences living and working in the United States. Read full book review >
AMERICAN AUDACITY by William Giraldi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A host of detailed, thoughtful, often rancorous reviews haunted by a love/hate relationship with American letters and replete with choice tidbits from the author's commonplace book but offering few original or illuminating insights."
A midcareer retrospective of essay-length literary reviews. Read full book review >
FEWER, BETTER THINGS by Glenn Adamson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Although a bit dry in spots, Adamson's crafty enthusiasm is infectious."
The impact and significance of the objects we shape and live with. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HATE by Arjun Singh Sethi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A useful book for those aiming to combat latter-day bigotry, with its many targets and manifestations."
Firsthand reports on hate crime and its victims in the age of Trump. Read full book review >
NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS by Kristi Coulter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A readable but minor contribution to the literature of problem drinking, without the depth of now-classics such as Caroline Knapp's Drinking: A Love Story."
A memoir of drinking and its hold on all the other aspects of life. 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 >