Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Entertaining if sometimes mean-spirited and full of valuable lessons in how—and sometimes how not—to run a magazine."
Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan, and other newsy icons come in for critical assessment by a sharp-tongued London transplant who remade two leading magazines. Read full book review >
TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD by Tommie Shelby
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"This is not a quick or easy book. It will take a great deal of thought, rereading, and reflection, but it will make readers stronger and more attuned to social issues. A good choice for any course on King and the civil rights movement."
A collection of thought-provoking essays on the different dimensions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s thought. Read full book review >

FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Judiciously political, Smith wears her liberalism gracefully, though with qualifications. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons."
The author complements her celebrated fiction with an equally compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life. Read full book review >
RANSOMING PAGAN BABIES by Warren Hinckle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2018

"Essential for students of journalism, particularly local and long-form, and a pleasure for anyone who values lively prose."
A much-needed, welcome gathering of work by the radical journalist and crusading editor. Read full book review >
SABERS AND UTOPIAS by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Insightful essays express guarded hope for Latin America's future."
Essays on Latin American politics reflect 5 tumultuous decades. Read full book review >

THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS by Slavoj Žižek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Resolutely atheist' and a 'skeptical pessimist,' iek does his best to leave no sacred cow ungored."
From the provocative to the outrageous to the impenetrable, the latest from the Slovenian gadfly finds a curious sort of hope in a hopeless situation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Barbed, to be sure, but less grouchy than exasperated and a pleasure for like-minded readers."
The curmudgeonly actor, best known for his zeitgeist-riding portrayal of journalist Lou Grant, weighs in on the Constitution and its discontents in a smart, often entertaining polemic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Meandering forays into the past that will likely appeal to those yearning for a slice of the old days."
A debut collection of short stories and essays mostly focuses on the author's childhood in rural Kentucky but also strays into fiction. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MYSTERY by Maud Casey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"For Casey, the search is the thing, whether as a writer or reader. This slim but astute volume is an inducement both to read more deeply and to head for ever more unchartered, frozen, mysterious waters."
Not whodunit, but why and how it works. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"At its best, the book reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman."
In the provocative essays collected in her first book, Jerkins meditates on how it feels to be a black woman in the United States today. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON by Kate Bowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An inspiring story of finding faith—in God, in family, and in oneself—while walking close to the Valley of the Shadow of Death."
A touching tale of battling cancer set against the backdrop of the prosperity gospel. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD by Isaac Butler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A chorus of candid, emotional, and often moving testimonies."
An oral history traces the life of an iconic American play. 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 >