Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An insightful collection of interviews about what it means to be human. This book, it turns out, helps explain W is TF."
A popular podcast gets the book treatment. Read full book review >
HEATING & COOLING by Beth Ann Fennelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A sleek, delightful collection."
A poet and fiction writer delivers 52 "micro-memoirs"—some just one sentence, some a couple of pages—that offer insight into her life, the lives of loved ones, and the overall human condition. Read full book review >

WE WEAR THE MASK by Brando Skyhorse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Sharply drawn reflections on identity fluidity, stereotypes, marginalization, and cultural assumption."
Writers explore how and why the phenomenon of "passing" both shocks and fascinates. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES by Francis Spufford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A bibliophagist snacks and dines, sharing with us some of the tastiest bits."
A longtime writer in a variety of genres presents a potpourri of pieces, arranged thematically, from the past few decades. Read full book review >
GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. Read full book review >

NASTY WOMEN by Samhita Mukhopadhyay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Strong, thoughtful, and angry voices ring out for resistance, empathy, and solidarity."
Women essayists reflect on Trump, Clinton, and the prospects for feminism. Read full book review >
SUCKING UP by Deborah Parker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A short book with a fierce bite."
The title suggests the tone, which offers more caustic wit than one usually expects in a quasi-academic overview. Read full book review >
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays."
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist. Read full book review >
LIGHT THE DARK by Joe  Fassler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Others lighting the literary dark in this luminous and appealing collection include Jane Smiley (Charles Dickens), Junot Díaz (Toni Morrison), Yiyun Li (Elizabeth Bowen), Neil Gaiman (R.A. Lafferty), and Michael Chabon (Jorge Luis Borges)."
In these short essays, writers discuss the works that made them want to write. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. 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 >
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 >
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 >