Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

CUBA ON THE VERGE by Leila Guerriero
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An affecting portrait of a country that is awash in poverty, sadness, and uncertainty."
Cuba is on the verge…but of what? Read full book review >
GEORGE SAUNDERS' <i>PASTORALIA</i> by Charles Holdefer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"It's no U and I, but it has its moments."
Literary criticism, at least of a kind, meets literary memoir in this airy essay by novelist Holdefer (Dick Cheney in Shorts, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >

WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE PLACE by Margot  Kahn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A compilation that delights on many levels and will appeal to anyone who has struggled or embraced the idea of home sweet home."
A diverse collection of essays that delve into the fraught concept of home as both a physical and emotional space. Read full book review >
THE RUIN OF KASCH by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Challenging, erudite, and unsettling observations on civilization and its plethora of discontents."
A fragmented, meditative inquiry into sacrifice, revolution, and modernity. Read full book review >

NEW ORLEANS GRIOT by Tom Dent
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A comprehensive portrait of the influential New Orleans writer whose oeuvre reflects the racial tensions of the times and is equally relevant today."
An expansive collection of essays, interviews, poetry, and fiction by the New Orleans writer. Read full book review >
I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR by David Lazar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Sometimes-provocative material residing in a collection that often feels forced together."
An eclectic collection finds Lazar (Creative Writing/Columbia Coll., Chicago; Occasional Desire, 2013, etc.) attempting to reach beyond category, or at least beyond the personal essay. 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 >
TIME OF GRATITUDE by Gennady  Aygi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-chosen introduction to the artistic and spiritual forces that shaped a poet."
Warmth and passion infuse a collection of poetry and prose. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP by Bandy X.  Lee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won't change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won't read it."
Mental health professionals and others make the case that Donald Trump is mentally ill, dangerous, or both. Read full book review >
WHAT UNITES US by Dan Rather
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere in spite of dangers foreign and domestic."
One of the deans of the Fourth Estate defends the traditional American values he learned to cherish in childhood, now under threat in a tempestuous political and economic climate. Read full book review >
WHAT FUTURE by Torie  Bosch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A mixed bag studded with insights."
A sober, no-holds-barred view of the world that lies ahead. 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 >