Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

IN THEIR LIVES by Andrew Blauner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 23, 2017

"A charming, delightful collection for Beatles fans and music fans in general."
What's your favorite Beatles song? Read full book review >
WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >

THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"With minimal redundancy, the voices culminate to illuminate an extraordinarily rich picture book, provide fresh insight into human needs, and inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely."
Conversations with the legendary children's book creator, along with "companion guides" exploring the artist's psyche and works. Read full book review >
YAWN by Mary Mann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Readers who come to share Mann's understanding could find the book useful, or at least a brief diversion from their boring lives."
Studying a mood that "pops up in every facet of existence, from work to love to war." Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE HOME by Fenton Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"In taut, sometimes-tense prose, Johnson shows us so many varieties of human pain as well as many glimmers of hope."
A writer with deep Appalachian roots rehearses his life story, positioning it under the most exacting of microscopes. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Even those who only dimly remember Royce White, Pavement, or Gnarls Barkley will find the reflections on them engaging."
A collection of journalistic pieces that remain provocative, or at least interesting, even if the subjects that inspired them have faded from memory. Read full book review >
DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? by Harold Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 11, 2017

"Thoughtful ruminations about current language mixed with praise for clarity and disdain for murkiness."
Although this is yet another how-to, self-help text for would-be writers—with some of the usual hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about the abuses of English today—this one merits more attention because it comes from the keyboard of a celebrated journalist and editor. Read full book review >
SALLIES, ROMPS, PORTRAITS, AND SEND-OFFS by August Kleinzahler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Tasty literary assessments served with a dollop of gossip."
A noted poet opines on other writers. Read full book review >
ALIENS by Jim al-Khalili
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves."
In a series of 20 essays detailing cutting-edge scientific data and theories, renowned researchers expound on the possibility—or probability?—of extraterrestrial intelligence. Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND KISSES FOR BREAKFAST by Matteo   Bussola
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Charming, 'near-daily snapshots' of fatherhood."
An Italian father reflects on raising three daughters. Read full book review >
TYPEWRITERS, BOMBS, JELLYFISH by Tom McCarthy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative."
A debut collection of essays covering the scope of modern literature, along with a quiet plea for its violent overthrow. Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS by Paula Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor—delivers more than it promises."
In the follow-up to There's Nothing in This Book that I Meant To Say (2007), comedian Poundstone chronicles her amusing and surprisingly personal search for the key to happiness. 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 >