Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

DEAD GIRLS by Alice Bolin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 26, 2018

"An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives."
In this engrossing debut collection of essays, Bolin (Creative Nonfiction/Univ. of Memphis) looks at two things: America's cultural obsession with dead girls in works of literature and on TV and Los Angeles from the perspective of both a newcomer and a veteran. Read full book review >
MORE SNAPSHOTS?  by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2018

"Spirited stories about appreciating life's vagaries."
This follow-up volume of 13 autobiographical essays depicts a life "on destiny's merry-go-round," alternating witty anecdotes of good luck and bad. Read full book review >

ON TRUTH by Simon Blackburn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 2, 2018

"A slim volume that offers as much clarity on the topic as one could expect from the often opaque world of philosophy."
A pragmatic primer on a contentious topic. Read full book review >
WHAT TO READ AND WHY by Francine Prose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"As Prose implores: 'Drop everything. Start reading. Now.'"
An unabashed fan of reading recommends some of her favorite books. Read full book review >
IDIOPHONE by Amy Fusselman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"A curious and lyrical study that touches on many important ideas, but often only glancingly."
A recursive prose-poem contemplating addiction, dance, and the need for pathbreaking art. Read full book review >

CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS? by Ashleigh Young
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"Young has said that her essays emerge from feelings of awkwardness about herself and her place in the world, but with this collection and those to follow, the world of this promising New Zealander is about to become wider."
A debut collection of essays from Young (Creative Writing/Victoria Univ. of Wellington; Magnificent Moon, 2013), a poet and editor with Victoria University Press in New Zealand. Read full book review >
JOURNEYS by Andrew Tisch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"More than 70 voices combine to create a powerful chorus singing a hymn of hope and gratitude.
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A collection of pieces by immigrants in America (and some by their descendants), essays that coalesce to counter the narrative of fear offered by the loud anti-immigrant voices throughout the country. Read full book review >
A CARNIVAL OF LOSSES by Donald Hall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 10, 2018

"There's much to enjoy in these exuberant 'notes.'"
A joyful, wistful celebration of poetry, poets, and a poet's life. Read full book review >
THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A valuable contribution to our understanding of one of history's most vital figures."
An epistolary memoir of Nelson Mandela's prison years. Read full book review >
WE'RE DOOMED. NOW WHAT? by Roy  Scranton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 17, 2018

"Despite the inevitable repetitions, Scranton's warnings must be heeded…again and again."
Essays on war and the "eve of what may be the human world's greatest catastrophe." Read full book review >
WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA? by Stephanie Feldman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 27, 2018

"A heartfelt and thoughtful collection."
Feldman (The Angel of Losses, 2014) and Popkin (Everything Is Borrowed, 2018, etc.) gather a medley of diverse voices to reflect on politics, society, and culture in contemporary America. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A GODDESS by Guy Branum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2018

"Wickedly smart, funny, and witty."
A gay stand-up comedian considers his life through personal essays that also ruminate on problems and paradoxes of modern American culture. 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 >