Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

LEAR by Harold Bloom
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"A measured, thoughtful assessment of a key play in the Shakespeare canon."
The noted critic and English professor digs deep to uncover what makes this play so profound. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL by Alexander Chee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"Deserving of a place among other modern classic writers' memoirs like Stephen King's On Writing and Chee's mentor Annie Dillard's The Writing Life."
A precise and candid set of essays from the novelist Chee (English and Creative Writing/Dartmouth Coll.; The Queen of the Night, 2016, etc.) about life, writing, and how each sustains the other. Read full book review >

THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >
MOTHERS by Jacqueline Rose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Clever, insightful essays on motherhood as 'the ultimate scapegoat for our personal and political failings.'"
In her latest book, Rose (co-director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities; Women in Dark Times, 2014, etc.) examines how motherhood is broken apart, chewed, and spat back out. Read full book review >
DYLAN ON DYLAN by Jeff Burger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"A valuable contribution to the record of Dylan's legacy."
A portrait of the artist through his interviews Read full book review >

AMATEUR HOUR by Kimberly Harrington
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Bitterly hilarious in spots."
The modern motherhood memoir in a series of sardonic spoofs. Read full book review >
I'M JUST GETTING TO THE DISTURBING PART by Steven Church
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Less interior reflection than an uneven but intermittently potent stumble toward a path into an uncertain future."
An essayist challenges expectations of "truth" and "clarity" as he frequently finds himself in a state of flux. 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 >
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 >
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 >