Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
WIT'S END by James Geary
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"'To see clearly, look askance,' Geary advises. He heeds his own advice to entertaining effect."
A playful book that celebrates all forms of wit. Read full book review >
THE PATCH by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A sturdy collection of top-shelf McPhee, with a grab bag of curiosities for fans."
A mix of new and old work from New Yorker staff writer McPhee (Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, 2017, etc.), assembled curiously but with his trademark eye for detail. Read full book review >

NOTHING IS LOST by Ingrid Sischy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A shrewd eye investigating worlds too often dominated by hype."
Urbane essays from a noted fashion, art, and culture critic. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE EXPLODING TEETH by Thomas Morris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Amusing and often painful items best taken in small doses."
A Ripley-esque collection of "compellingly disgusting, hilarious, or downright bizarre" medical oddities. Read full book review >
DIRTY JOHN AND OTHER TRUE STORIES OF OUTLAWS AND OUTSIDERS by Christopher Goffard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Although Goffard's style remains virtually the same in all of his stories, his characters and their often bizarre lives and predicaments accelerate the heart and animate a variety of emotions."
A staff writer for the Los Angeles Times presents a collection of swift-flowing pieces about outliers, liars, victims, and victimizers. Read full book review >
WE BEGIN IN GLADNESS by Craig Morgan Teicher
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Imperfect but the insights outweigh the pretension."
What prompts people to write poetry? What permits a poet to revise himself? Poet and critic Teicher (The Trembling Answers, 2017, etc.) offers new versions of previously published essays, each of which considers aspects of poets' artistic development. Read full book review >
MUSIC AS AN ART by Roger Scruton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"If Scruton wants to expand classical music's audience, he must step away from his professorial lectern."
The joys and challenges of classical music. Read full book review >
TALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Lane Greene
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A brisk, informative look at the complexities of human communication."
A linguist celebrates the adaptability and richness of language. Read full book review >
THE INDISPENSABLE COMPOSERS by Anthony Tommasini
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Also starring Schumann, Verdi, Debussy, Puccini, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and, briefly, some up-and-comers like Philip Glass and George Benjamin, all exuberantly presented for your edification and enjoyment."
A spirited musical compendium to the best of the best. 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 >