Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

CIRCADIAN by Chelsey  Clammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An affecting memoir emerges from a dozen circuitous, digressive essays."
Unconventional essays offer intimate glimpses into a writer's heart and mind. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF ELIZABETH HARDWICK by Elizabeth Hardwick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An essential compendium of midcentury American intellectual life, one that reaffirms the personal and cultural importance of literature."
A career-spanning collection of essays, reviews, criticism, and more from a co-founder of the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >

THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A collection of dissimilar pieces that reveal the scope of the author's interests—sometimes challenging, always rewarding."
Fans of the late neurologist have another chance to enjoy this erudite, compassionate storyteller, essayist, and memoirist in what may be his final work. 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 >
FOCUS IN ACTION IS GREAT LEADERSHIP by Belinda Johnson White
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A searching and cleareyed leadership blueprint for the 21st century."
An author and associate professor provides an in-depth breakdown and study of executive-level leadership in the business world. 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 >
MICKEY ROURKE AND THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS by W.S. Di Piero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"What a poet writes when he isn't writing poetry. Will appeal most to fellow poets and students of the form."
A poet's notebook reflections on poetry, prose, art, time, and death. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE by Andrew O'Hagan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Three well-written but fleeting vignettes from some of the darkest edges of the internet."
Three intriguing pieces of journalism about the new threats of a digital age. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
DIASPORA BOY by Eli Valley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"For those as interested as the artist in the limits of satire, this audacious, potent collection pushes past them."
A cartoonist's collection of graphic provocations on Zionism, the Diaspora, and Jewish stereotypes. Read full book review >
Poverty Tax by Richard Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"A scrupulously documented study despite unclear conclusions."
A journalistic investigation into suspected systematic racism in Michigan. 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 >