Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 115)

THE LAST EMPIRE by Gore Vidal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2001

"Vidal's gossip can feel as stale as his (very dated) political concerns, but few today have what he still displays in abundance: the desire, the intelligence, and the wit to continue living as a true man of letters."
More political and literary essays from Vidal (The Golden Age, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2001

"When you're done, even if you feel you've read all you need about sweet drugs and pert body parts, it's hard not to like Southern. He was big-hearted and irrepressible, an optimist of excess when it seemed such things were possible."
A darling of the postwar literary counterculture is honored in a tidy collection that makes coherent sense of what might have been a group of funny if disparate works. Read full book review >

FRAUD by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2001

"But mostly he is. Cloying, overlong diversions best suited for 15 minutes of public radio. Nothing more."
Fifteen disparate personal essays running from wisecracking self-deprecation to a misplaced, though welcome, earnestness from yet another young, sardonic NPR graduate. Read full book review >
SHIKSA GODDESS by Wendy Wasserstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2001

"For the Wasserstein fan who remembers reading something of hers somewhere sometime and wants to rediscover it—others will wonder what all the fuss is about. Skip to the end."
A scattered collection of 25 personal, mostly pithy magazine and newspaper pieces from the Pulitzer-winning playwright, with a couple of moving, deeply meditative entries for added heft. Read full book review >
THE FUN OF IT by Lillian Ross
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2001

"An irresistible little treat for the New Yorker purists and latter-day fans all the same."
Seventy-five years' worth of the New Yorker's pithy, upfront mini-portraits of people and their times. Read full book review >

WRITERS ON WRITING by John Darnton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"The eclectic nature of the essays in subject matter and tone are all unified by an overwhelming sense of generosity of spirit, of writers offering encouragement, reflection, and introspection in order to help untangle the often bewildering complexities of the writing process."
Forty-one essays on writing and reading, culled from the pages of the New York Times. Read full book review >
MANY CIRCLES by Albert Goldbarth
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"With essays spanning more than 20 years, this collection provides a surefire introduction to Goldbarth's prose—but the trip may not be much fun the first time around."
For those who think clearly written prose is for sissies, Goldbarth is back—with a representative essay collection that both dazzles and stupefies with its complications. Read full book review >
THE ESSAYS OF HENRY D. THOREAU by Lewis Hyde
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"A century and a half after they were written, as Hyde notes, the power of these essays comes 'quickly back to life for any reader with ears to hear the many registers of their author's voice.'"
The 13 essays gathered here are among Thoreau's best writing: crackingly sharp, like a bright winter morning after a snowfall. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Seamus Heaney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"A must for poets and students of poetry and a good start for initiates seeking to understand the constituent parts of its erudite codes."
A wonderful collection of the great Irish poet and critic's learned yet down-to-earth prose. Read full book review >
SMALL WONDER by Barbara Kingsolver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"Good intentions and craft marred by sanctimony."
Wearing her essayist hat, novelist Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible, 1998, etc.) responds to the September 11th terror attacks with a collection addressing the wonders of life. Read full book review >
UNHOLY GHOST by Nell Casey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2001

"Administer in small doses at sensible intervals—or expect a serious side-effect: depression."
An uneven collection of 22 essays and excerpts on the subject of depression by a wide assortment of writers. Read full book review >
THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE SOUL by Richard Selzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2001

"Nonetheless, a passionate, unsentimental celebration of life's messiness, whether on an operating table or at a dining table."
In this eloquent collection of essays, five new, the rest previously published, writer/surgeon Selzer (Raising the Dead, 1994) explores spirit and substance, flesh and feeling, pain and epiphany. 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 >