Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Like the city itself, the book mashes wildly diverse sources into an intriguing and surprising whole."
A Los Angeles native and lion of the city's literary culture gathers writers' impressions of the City of Angels from across several centuries. Read full book review >
KITCHEN YARNS by Ann Hood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A full plate of heart and hearty eats."
In this culinary confessional from the acclaimed author, it's less about the kitchen and more about the yarns. Read full book review >

CONDITION OF SECRECY by Inger Christensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Christensen's probing, questioning, hopeful voice was an important one and is missed, but we can still hear it in this provocative book."
Insights into a poet who was definitely not living in an ivory tower. Read full book review >
SERIOUSLY CURIOUS by Tom Standage
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A lively compendium of fun and facts."
Lucid answers to a wide variety of topical questions. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOOKING by Lance Esplund
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An inviting and informative primer."
A critic offers encouraging words for viewers baffled by contemporary art. Read full book review >

EDGE OF ORDER by Daniel Libeskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"The 'shock of the new' is evident everywhere in this revealing, accessible, and luscious memoir."
With gusto, an exuberant architect considers his life and work. Read full book review >
BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS by Natalie Babbitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A must for children's literature professionals and aficionados."
The celebrated children's book author and illustrator reflects on writing and reading children's literature from her long, unique perspective. Read full book review >
NOTES FROM CYBERGROUND by Mikhail Iossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A vigorous call for Americans to defeat 'the stubborn virus of trumpism in its bloodstream.'"
Anger- and outrage-filled dispatches from a Russian-born writer. Read full book review >
INTERMEDIA, FLUXUS AND THE SOMETHING ELSE PRESS by Dick Higgins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A provocative firsthand account delving into the importance of artist collectives, the making of hybrid art forms, and the trials of independent publishing."
A compendium of writing from an innovative publisher and pioneering avant-garde artist of the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
THE COOLEST MONSTERS by Megan Baxter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 16, 2018

"The author clearly takes her craft seriously, and given the intermittent flashes of promise shown here, hopefully she continues to work on it."
A young essayist with a flair for poetic imagery offers a rites-of-passage collection that could almost be a memoir with a few more dots connected. Read full book review >
DEAR ZEALOTS by Amos Oz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Slender but forceful."
Three passionate lectures about the state of politics in Israel. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH by Jonathan Franzen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Witty, reflective, opinionated essays from a writer with the ability to 'laugh in dark times.'"
A new collection of personal essays from a self-proclaimed "depressive pessimist" and "angry, bird-loving misfit." 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 >