Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 115)

MAKE-BELIEVE TOWN by David Mamet
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 1996

"Characteristically provocative, amusing, and messy, Mamet's latest collection of essays deliver wit, insight, and truculence in small, mixed doses."
The playwright's latest collection of short, loosely written essays (after The Cabin, 1992) puts his trademark one-upmanship and Chicago machismo on theatrical/literary criticism, reminiscences, and social commentary. Read full book review >
FAME AND FOLLY by Cynthia Ozick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 3, 1996

"The protean self-portraiture suggested here is at least as interesting as Ozick's critical votes."
No trace of stingy critical minimalism can be found in Ozick's heated new essay collection. Read full book review >

THE SIZE OF THOUGHTS by Nicholson Baker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although Baker sometimes strains when he directly addresses his concerns and predilections, it takes a rare combination of wit and effort to seem this facile without actually being so."
Showing off Baker's Sears catalog eclecticism and word-playfulness, this collection is congenial kin to his thoughtful, fiddly novels The Mezzanine and Room Temperature rather than the garrulously oversexed Vox. Read full book review >
FABLES AND DISTANCES by John Haines
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"When taken together, they form a coherent philosophy of an uncompromising artist."
A far-reaching and frequently contentious collection of the author's writings (previously published mostly in literary journals), ranging from scathing literary and social criticism to beautifully crafted nature essays, personal remembrances, and poems. Read full book review >
THE BEACON BOOK OF ESSAYS BY CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN WOMEN by Wendy Martin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With hardly a discordant note in the group, beautifully wrought pieces from some of our finest contemporary American authors."
American women take the essay form and make it their own in this excellent collection edited by Martin (English/Claremont Graduate School). Read full book review >

TALES OF TWO CITIES by Abbas Milani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"This book would support that theory. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An exceptional, emotionally blooded memoir of a young man's life in modern Iran—viewed from the perspective of his self- chosen exile. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1995 by Jamaica Kincaid
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"On the evidence of this inconsistent tenth volume, however, such vaunted fin-de-siäcle magic seems to be failing for essays."
Solipsism, as much as skillfulness, is what the contributors to this year's collection seem to have most in common. ``A good essay for me is an essay that pleases me,'' guest editor Kincaid (Lucy, 1990, etc.) declares in her introduction, setting the pace for the overweening, self-indulgent egos that parade through the rest of the volume, coedited by series editor Atwan. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"The essays themselves, however, are both entertaining and thoughtful."
Although loosely organized, this collection of writings on lesbian life is striking in its intellectual and experiential diversity. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MY FATHER, ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER by Israel Zamir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Must reading for fans of the master Yiddishist. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing profile of the Nobel laureate in literature by his son and only child. Read full book review >
THE MORAL COMPASS by William J. Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Nevertheless, a colorful patchwork of pieces that are irresistible for bedtime reading aloud and as spurs to family discussions about whether, in the name of compassion, your offspring should bring home a naked stranger. (Literary Guild dual main selection)"
No moral ambiguities in another sweeping potpourri from the compiler of the 1993 bestselling Book of Virtues. Read full book review >
HIGH TIDE IN TUCSON by Barbara Kingsolver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"Mined selectively, however, this will reveal some beautiful gems."
In this collection of essays, novelist Kingsolver (Pigs in Heaven, 1993, etc.) displays considerable nature-writing talent, punctuated by stretches of smarmy self-reflection and hit-or-miss musings on issues ranging from biological determinism to the Gulf War. Read full book review >
BLUE PASTURES by Mary Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Newcomers would be better served by reading her poetry instead."
In 15 short prose pieces Pulitzer prizewinning poet Oliver entertains her ``sustaining passions'': love for the natural world and for literature. 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 >