Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE LOST TETRADS OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN by Marshall McLuhan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"A treat for compleatist members of the cult of McLuhan, but best left to those insiders."
Oracular ramblings by the erstwhile maven of media studies. Read full book review >
WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE by James Elkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Some of his points invite argument, but Elkins' knowing commentary helps the reader interpret the art. A fine addition to the odd-book shelf."
A mystery manuscript comes out for airing; wordless save for the title page, what does it mean? Read full book review >

LANDSLIDE by Minna Zallman Proctor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Affecting stories told effectively, with all the complications involved in searching for truth."
Stories matter, memory is tricky, the past permeates us: these and other insights appear continually in a collection of interwoven personal essays. Read full book review >
DEFINING MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY by Dick  Gregory
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Gregory's devotion to civil rights and his global recognition add to his appealing writing style and clever sense of humor to make this a book for a wide audience."
The comedian, activist, and social critic highlights key events in black history in America. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A breath of hope but also a serious call to action: everyone needs to take part."
A trio of acclaimed political scholars and journalists do their best to encourage those bemoaning the path of America's government. Read full book review >

THE ORIGIN OF OTHERS by Toni Morrison
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"As sharp and insightful as one would expect from this acclaimed author."
Essays focused on an overarching question: "What is race (other than genetic imagination), and why does it matter?" 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 >
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 >
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 >