Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

BLIND SPOT by Teju Cole
by Teju Cole, photographed by Teju Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey."
Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 6, 2017

"An illuminating collection of film criticism that is like a critical history of rock as exemplified by garage bands and one-hit wonders."
Critical perception is laced with love in this appreciation of the B-movies and exploitation flicks of the 1970s, which remain "the third—and, to date, last—great period in American movies." Read full book review >

MAKING SENSE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Both a swift introduction for grammar rookies and an enlightening review and update for the veterans."
A celebrated historian of the English language takes us on an entertaining stroll through the history of our grammar—from the beginning to last week. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >
THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man."
Raw glimpses of the humorist's personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name. Read full book review >

KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 30, 2017

"Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict."
On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine, top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >