Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD by Tommie Shelby
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"This is not a quick or easy book. It will take a great deal of thought, rereading, and reflection, but it will make readers stronger and more attuned to social issues. A good choice for any course on King and the civil rights movement."
A collection of thought-provoking essays on the different dimensions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s thought. Read full book review >
NINE IRISH LIVES by Mark Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Nine other writers might well have selected nine different subjects, which serves as a tribute to the indomitable Irish character and the transformational possibilities of America. This is a perfect St. Patrick's Day anthology for the Irish book lover on your gift list."
Essays on "nine Irish men and women [who] not only became American but also helped make America great." Read full book review >

FLASH! by John Dufresne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Not the place to learn about the short story genre itself but a good place to learn how to write some really, really short ones."
A how-to guide to writing flash fiction. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD by Isaac Butler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A chorus of candid, emotional, and often moving testimonies."
An oral history traces the life of an iconic American play. Read full book review >
RANSOMING PAGAN BABIES by Warren Hinckle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2018

"Essential for students of journalism, particularly local and long-form, and a pleasure for anyone who values lively prose."
A much-needed, welcome gathering of work by the radical journalist and crusading editor. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Literate, perspicacious, and thoroughly entertaining."
A sharp, witty collection from the prolific writer of fiction, memoir, and acerbic essays. Read full book review >
THE LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Tom Sleigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist."
A distinguished poet details his experiences reporting from war zones and refugee camps and grappling with the limits of language. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON by Kate Bowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An inspiring story of finding faith—in God, in family, and in oneself—while walking close to the Valley of the Shadow of Death."
A touching tale of battling cancer set against the backdrop of the prosperity gospel. Read full book review >
UP UP, DOWN DOWN by Cheston Knapp
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A writer's up-and-down search for profundity in the insecure and unrefined corners of his life."
Tin House managing editor Knapp debuts with a collection of essays that attempt to balance highbrow and lowbrow elements. Read full book review >
I WROTE THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU by Tim Kreider
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An artful example of how the deeply personal can also be the broadly general."
A noted cartoonist and essayist returns with another collection of profoundly personal essays. Read full book review >
FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Judiciously political, Smith wears her liberalism gracefully, though with qualifications. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons."
The author complements her celebrated fiction with an equally compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life. Read full book review >
SABERS AND UTOPIAS by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Insightful essays express guarded hope for Latin America's future."
Essays on Latin American politics reflect 5 tumultuous decades. 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 >