Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE DIGITAL CRITIC by Houman Barekat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Of broad interest to readers working in that Venn diagram space where writing, publishing, and cyberspace come together."
A gathering of mostly accessible academic pieces on the changes wrought on literature and criticism by the internet. Read full book review >
NEW ORLEANS GRIOT by Tom Dent
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A comprehensive portrait of the influential New Orleans writer whose oeuvre reflects the racial tensions of the times and is equally relevant today."
An expansive collection of essays, interviews, poetry, and fiction by the New Orleans writer. Read full book review >

GEORGE SAUNDERS' <i>PASTORALIA</i> by Charles Holdefer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"It's no U and I, but it has its moments."
Literary criticism, at least of a kind, meets literary memoir in this airy essay by novelist Holdefer (Dick Cheney in Shorts, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LAST DRAFT by Sandra Scofield
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Patience and commitment, this useful guide reveals, are a writer's strongest assets."
An award-winning fiction writer and teacher shares hard-won advice. Read full book review >
CUBA ON THE VERGE by Leila Guerriero
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An affecting portrait of a country that is awash in poverty, sadness, and uncertainty."
Cuba is on the verge…but of what? Read full book review >

NO TIME TO SPARE by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Thoughtful musings from a deft and sharply insightful writer."
Spirited, wry reflections on aging, literature, and America's moral life. Read full book review >
ANYONE WHO'S ANYONE by George  Wayne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"At times fascinating, the interviews offer a casual, unguarded look at some of the most high-profile personalities of the past 30 years."
A career-spanning collection of the writer's celebrity interviews. Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
GLOBAL DISCONTENTS by Noam Chomsky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Well-informed salvos to please or enrage, depending on one's politics."
The well-known left-wing intellectual holds forth on global developments of the past five years, from Edward Snowden's disclosures on government surveillance to Donald Trump's efforts to "make America great again." Read full book review >
HAPPINESS IN THIS LIFE by Pope Francis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The author's 2015 encyclical Laudato si' makes for more inspired reading, perhaps, but this sometimes-stern but often friendly collection offers clear insight into the pope's doctrinal concerns."
Homilies and other short inspirational writings by the leader of the Catholic Church. Read full book review >
TIME OF GRATITUDE by Gennady  Aygi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-chosen introduction to the artistic and spiritual forces that shaped a poet."
Warmth and passion infuse a collection of poetry and prose. Read full book review >
THE RUIN OF KASCH by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Challenging, erudite, and unsettling observations on civilization and its plethora of discontents."
A fragmented, meditative inquiry into sacrifice, revolution, and modernity. 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 >