Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

LETTERS TO HIS NEIGHBOR by Marcel Proust
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A trove of charming correspondence from literature's most famous 'noise phobic.'"
Recently discovered letters from Proust to a Paris neighbor show the author's kindness even when he complained about the noise. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY BUT YOU by Thia Sexton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A collection that's spirited and endearing in its best moments, but other pieces are unsatisfyingly aimless."
These short, memoiristic essays from debut author Sexton touch on her life in Los Angeles as a young actress and musician. Read full book review >

DIASPORA BOY by Eli Valley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"For those as interested as the artist in the limits of satire, this audacious, potent collection pushes past them."
A cartoonist's collection of graphic provocations on Zionism, the Diaspora, and Jewish stereotypes. Read full book review >
DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. Read full book review >
TALES OF TWO AMERICAS by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
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A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. Read full book review >

DRAFT NO. 4 by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A superb book about doing his job by a master of his craft."
The renowned writer offers advice on information-gathering and nonfiction composition. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Worth sampling if not ingesting in one sitting, the collection provides a comprehensive introduction to a provocative vision of the contemporary state of human connection to—and disconnection from—nature."
Selections from the 10 volumes published by the Dark Mountain Project give readers a taste of the organization's mission: "to play host to voices seeking honest engagement with questions that might be intractable." Read full book review >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >
DEVOTION by Patti Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Not Smith's best work—fine for devotees but pretty thin gruel for the uninitiated."
Much-honored rock goddess and writer Smith (M Train, 2015, etc.) returns with a hurried meditation on miscellaneous deep things, including the title topic. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO MEMORY by Karen Tei Yamashita
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shaped and voiced with literary flair, this is clearly a book Yamashita felt compelled to write, and her sense of purpose makes this historical excavation feel deeply personal."
A multilayered evocation of Japanese internment camps as experienced by the author's extended family. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"'Words, words, words,' said Hamlet—that brilliant, verbose Dane would find in these pages a most welcome elaboration."
The author of Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math (2013, etc.) shows us that language is a far more ornately feathered fowl than casual consideration can conceive.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 >