Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE ASHTRAY by Errol Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"The book may prove illuminating for patient readers, but Morris the scorned student is not Morris the filmmaker: he makes you work."
America's favorite myth-buster settles an old—and very arcane—score. Read full book review >
POPS by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 22, 2018

"Even when he's driving at cruising speed, Chabon takes his readers for an enjoyable ride."
A compact collection of thematically linked essays, perfectly timed for Father's Day. Read full book review >

WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO MY PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOR by Yossi Klein Halevi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for any reader with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs, though perhaps unlikely to sway those whose minds are made up."
A plea for "radical goodwill" in the face of the seemingly intractable bad blood between Israelis and Palestinians. Read full book review >
WHY HONOR MATTERS by Tamler Sommers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A celebration of insular, exclusionary honor culture that does not adequately account for its pernicious effects."
A philosopher offers an impassioned, but disturbing, defense of honor cultures. Read full book review >

THE DESTINY THIEF by Richard Russo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"The only weakness with this book is the length. Please, sir, may we have some more?"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes a break from fiction. Read full book review >
AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. Read full book review >
THE WORLD-ENDING FIRE by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A great place to start for those who are not familiar with Berry's work; for those who are, it will be a nostalgic stroll down a rural, wooded Memory Lane. In this day and age, his writings are must-reads."
A pleasing selection of essays from the lifelong farmer and award-winning writer. Read full book review >
A NATURALIST AT LARGE by Bernd Heinrich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"Heinrich's personal touch and breadth of knowledge make this a satisfying outing for armchair naturalists."
A collection of essays on plants and animal biology and behavior by a scientist who is also a prolific, prize-winning author. Read full book review >
FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A masterfully simple and satisfying collection."
A retrospective of the prolific writer's essays, travel stories, and reflections. Read full book review >
I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING by A.D. Jameson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A book that might prove useful to fellow gen-Xers who find themselves outside geek culture or those who have resisted the force of fantasy all these years but who now wish to learn what all the phantom menace is about."
In defense of our new geek overlords. Read full book review >
THE IDEAL OF CULTURE by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 7, 2018

"The best of these essays are more than mildly charming, but Epstein's self-satisfied opinions can be more than mildly infuriating."
A prolific essayist offers forthright opinions on literature, writing, culture, and aging. 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 >