Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 115)

Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Brings a critical intelligence to central questions concerning the war."
Essays and book reviews by a leading Civil War historian. Read full book review >
ROOM FOR DOUBT by Wendy Lesser
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"A personality-driven, authoritative, sometimes circuitous work."
Three loosely connected essays by Threepenny Review founder and author Lesser (The Pagoda in the Garden, 2005) explore her concern with the connection between art and experience. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"A first-rate collection from a first-rate writer."
An eclectic and engaging selection of recent pieces, mostly about other writers, from the award-winning novelist (The March, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 2006

"Should be required reading for the left and the right: You may not agree with Pollitt, but you can't dismiss her."
Pollitt (Subject to Debate, 2001, etc.) takes no prisoners and suffers no fools in her third collection of sharp, insightful columns. Read full book review >
THE DIN IN THE HEAD by Cynthia Ozick
Released: June 2, 2006

"Erudition lightly worn, eloquence finely crafted."
A veteran novelist (Heir to the Glimmering World, 2004, etc.) and essayist (Quarrel and Quandary: Essays, 2000, etc.) expatiates on the lives and works of literary figures as diverse as Helen Keller and Isaac Babel, Sylvia Plath and Azar Nafisi. Read full book review >

REPORTING by David Remnick
Released: May 1, 2006

"Elegant, interesting, even memorable, certainly more so than most magazine writing."
New Yorker editor Remnick (King of the World, 1998, etc.) continues a happy tradition of self-anthologizing, gathering favorite pieces from the past two decades. Read full book review >
ON SEEING by F. González-Crussi
Released: Feb. 16, 2006

"Intriguing and thoughtful work from a doctor and thinker as comfortable quoting Longfellow as discussing Charcot's cases at Salpêtrière."
Pathologist-turned-author González-Crussi (On Being Born, 2004, etc.) produces another astute series of essays on human mortality and the function of art, this time concerning the sense of sight. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING THAT RISES by Lawrence Weschler
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Ultimately, readers attuned to Weschler's esoteric subject matter and obscure cultural references will no doubt enjoy this odd collection of delicacies. To others, the exercise may smack suspiciously of dilettantism."
Weschler's collection of eclectic essays, which reference Eastern European history, Vermeer, Einstein and Ground Zero, among other topics, will alternately enlighten, entertain, confound and confuse. Read full book review >
A PLEA FOR EROS by Siri Hustvedt
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"As accomplished and intelligent as the author's fiction—which is saying a lot."
Engaging collection of literary and personal essays, most previously published, from novelist Hustvedt (What I Loved, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
CONSIDER THE LOBSTER by David Foster Wallace
Released: Dec. 12, 2005

"Should Wallace suggest an article on the behavior of a sack of hammers, the smart editor will give him a fat advance and all expenses paid."
Another savory, hard-thinking, wildly imaginative collection of essays and observations from the artful Wallace (Oblivion, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
TIME BITES by Doris Lessing
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"While this collection of random journalism—some dating back to 1974, but most from the past decade—has the inevitable repetitions and a rather scattershot feel, it still gives a nice sense of Lessing's character and commitments in vigorous old age."
Agreeable ephemera—book reviews, forewords to reissues, personal essays, etc.—illuminating the distinguished novelist's nonfictional preoccupations. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 9, 2005

"Provocative, pellucid prose from a master."
Many of the ideas we prize are dangerous and self-destructive; many of the values we profess to cherish we do not practice. 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 >