Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE by Rick  Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Easiest to digest in snack-size portions."
Memories of a Michigan upbringing proceed to anecdotes on retirement in Italy, as a writing professor writes what pleases him, which is often about what doesn't. Read full book review >
ARBITRARY STUPID GOAL by Tamara Shopsin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"A warm evocation of a quirky life and exuberant times."
Candid recollections of growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1980s. Read full book review >

THE DOG'S LAST WALK by Howard Jacobson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delightful and argute collection from a talented stylist."
A collection of mini-essays from one of England's finest writers. Read full book review >
WOULD EVERYBODY PLEASE STOP? by Jenny  Allen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 6, 2017

"These essays will resonate most strongly with women of a certain age and economic status."
Would an Erma Bombeck of the 21st century have subscribed to the New Yorker? If so, she might have written, or at least identified with, this debut essay collection by a writer who has appeared in that magazine and elsewhere but whose topics have resonance beyond the metropolitan parochial. Read full book review >
WE ARE SYRIANS by Adam Braver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Compelling narratives that reveal a grave disillusionment with the world's responses to the Syrian crisis."
Three Syrians who have faced down their country's police state tell their respective first-person stories. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO HIS NEIGHBOR by Marcel Proust
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A trove of charming correspondence from literature's most famous 'noise phobic.'"
Recently discovered letters from Proust to a Paris neighbor show the author's kindness even when he complained about the noise. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 24, 2016

"A feel-good book of hope and wonder that will appeal most to readers who believe in divine intervention."
A generous collection of nonfiction medical stories from distinguished doctors. Read full book review >
A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN by Eleanor Brown
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 4, 2017

"A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned travelers as well as those planning their first adventure to this 'enormous and complex place.'"
A collection of short essays by female authors on Paris, a city that "is so many things, all of them wonderful." Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE by Mandy Len  Catron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic."
One woman ponders what it means to be in love. 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 >
THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS by Paula Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor—delivers more than it promises."
In the follow-up to There's Nothing in This Book that I Meant To Say (2007), comedian Poundstone chronicles her amusing and surprisingly personal search for the key to happiness. 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 >