Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE by Hope  Nicholson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 11, 2018

"A must-have for comic historians and those interested in gothic romances, romance comics, and LGBTQ interpretations of traditional forms—highly entertaining."
This anthology pays tribute to the gothic-romance style seen in comic books from their 1960s and ‘70s heyday, updating them in fresh ways. Read full book review >
AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT HELPED by Jessica Friedmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Well-rendered essays that make readers think and feel deeply."
A writer with a history of depression and anxiety plunges deeper into the abyss following the birth of her son. Read full book review >
ACID WEST by Joshua Wheeler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"In need of trimming and occasional rethinking but with much promise as well."
A collection of essays on life in the unenchanting part of the Land of Enchantment. Read full book review >
ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. Read full book review >

THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >
THE DESTINY THIEF by Richard Russo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"The only weakness with this book is the length. Please, sir, may we have some more?"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes a break from fiction. Read full book review >
TO WHOM DOES THE 21ST CENTURY BELONG? by Mansoor  Palloor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"An ambitious but shrill gathering of political jeremiads."
A debut collection of essays denounces the misadventures of American imperialism. Read full book review >
EDNA LEWIS by Sarah B. Franklin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 13, 2018

"A fascinating, prismatic look at the legacy of one of America's most beloved chefs."
A collection of essays on the life and influences of pioneering chef Edna Lewis (1916-2006). Read full book review >
THE PRODIGAL TONGUE by Lynne Murphy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2018

"A passionate defense (or is it defence?) of the 'fantastically flexible medium' that is English."
What is it about Americans' way with words that makes Brits so angry? An American linguistics professor attempts to find out. Read full book review >
WHY HONOR MATTERS by Tamler Sommers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A celebration of insular, exclusionary honor culture that does not adequately account for its pernicious effects."
A philosopher offers an impassioned, but disturbing, defense of honor cultures. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. 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 >