Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS by Christopher  de Hamel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history."
A palaeographer's fascinating investigation of medieval culture. Read full book review >
100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"It will not be necessary for readers to tackle this book from front to back; it rewards dipping into occasionally, as Gates sometimes surprises, sometimes intrigues, and rarely disappoints."
A collection of vignettes about the black experience in the United States and around the globe. Read full book review >

THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A collection of dissimilar pieces that reveal the scope of the author's interests—sometimes challenging, always rewarding."
Fans of the late neurologist have another chance to enjoy this erudite, compassionate storyteller, essayist, and memoirist in what may be his final work. Read full book review >
VACATIONLAND by John Hodgman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Very dry, with a twist."
A memoir from a writer who doubles as a comedian. Read full book review >
BLITT by Barry Blitt
Kirkus Star
by Barry Blitt, illustrated by Barry Blitt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A treasure trove for fans of the New Yorker, political satire, and graphic design."
Indelible images from one of America's leading political cartoonists. Read full book review >

WHY WE DON'T SUCK by Denis  Leary
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fun and thought-provoking romp through politics and popular culture."
The loudly outspoken comedian and actor's latest book is sure to offend some readers, but many more will find plenty of food for thought while also getting in a good laugh. Read full book review >
JUST A JOURNALIST by Linda Greenhouse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 30, 2017

"While raising plenty of significant issues, Greenhouse's themes remain open to spirited debate."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reflects on the changes and flaws within her profession. Read full book review >
BOB DYLAN by Jonathan Cott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An engaging archive of Dylan's own perspective on his artistic process and ever changing cultural significance."
A dense compendium of significant feature interviews with Bob Dylan. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOADING BRUSH by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers."
Further cultural and agricultural writings from the dean of modern literary agrarians. Read full book review >
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SOCCER by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Naturally, soccer fans will get more out of this book than fans of other sports, but anyone who is passionate about a game and is willing to read a smart assessment of what it means to be a fan will find much to admire."
An exploration of why soccer is beautiful and how its beauty (and occasional ugliness) manifests. Read full book review >
MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >
THE STORIES WE TELL by Patsy Sims
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An engrossing anthology of work, full of intimate details, from veterans of magazine journalism."
An anthology of landmark long-form articles written by female journalists. 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 >