Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 117)

TRESPASSING by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 20, 1994

"The jokes are often outrageously corny, the whimsy strained, but they're all part of the delight Pickering so palpably creates in this endearing celebration of the ordinary, the profound, and, most of all, the absurd."
From Pickering—English professor (Univ. of Connecticut) and reluctant inspiration for the movie Dead Poets Society—more essays that distill from life's accumulated clutter the small telling details that amuse, illuminate, and often lyrically celebrate. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1994

Thurber seems to have had more fun than most, and this is a thoroughly enjoyable menagerie of some of his congenially barbed cartoons and comic essays. Read full book review >

APOCALYPSE POSTPONED by Umberto Eco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1994

"Eco is a true original—substantial, lucid, humane, and a great deal of fun."
Teacher (Semiotics/Univ. of Bologna), editor, cultural commentator, and novelist (Foucault's Pendulum, 1989), Eco offers refreshing commentary on cultural life, primarily in Italy, from the mid-1960s to the late '80s, when intellectuals were especially alarmed by the emergence of a mass or pop culture. Read full book review >
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART by Bob Jackson-Paris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"A fireside favorite for lovers of real-life fairy tales. (Sixty-five photos—not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to Out magazine)"
Relentlessly upbeat memoir, coauthored by Eric Marcus (Making History, 1992), by married gay bodybuilders. Read full book review >
VISITING MRS. NABOKOV by Martin Amis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Formulaic at times, and not always geared to an American reader, but still of much interest: excursions that will enhance Amis's reputation as a polished, peripatetic critic—a highly literate observer of the monuments and foibles of our age."
Thirty-odd essays—culled from a dozen years of published encounters between master stylist Amis (Time's Arrow, 1991, etc.) and English-speaking literati and other contemporary phenomena—in a collection as well-honed and readable as it is wide-ranging. Read full book review >

THE MAN IN THE WATER by Roger Rosenblatt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"In these acute observations and provocative stories, Rosenblatt proves himself one of America's finest and most needed commentators."
A broad collection of pieces by the MacNeil/Lehrer commentator and author of Life Itself (1992) and Children of War (1983). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"Suffused with the sense of wonder that unites the wide-eyed child and the white-haired Nobel laureate: an uncommonly good collection. (Twenty illustrations)"
Twenty-four shapely essays, most drawn from American Scientist, by paleoichthyologist Thomson (Living Fossil, 1991), president of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1993 by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"A solid collection of 22 essays that, for the most part, draw us into the quietly entertaining pleasure of contemplating what makes humans tick."
``The style of the essayist is that of an extremely intelligent, highly commonsensical person talking, without stammer and with impressive coherence, to him- or herself and to anyone else who cares to eavesdrop,'' writes essayist Epstein in his introduction to this satisfying eighth volume of the annual series. Read full book review >
THE WORD WOMAN by Laura Jackson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 3, 1993

"For the cognoscenti only."
Laura (Riding) Jackson (1901-91) is being rediscovered with a vengeance: Within 18 months of her death, her early unpublished poems, her selected poems, a biography, and this collection of prose pieces (most previously unpublished) will have appeared. Read full book review >
EATING OUR HEARTS OUT by Lesléa Newman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1993

"In the last of these qualities, at least, they can't touch the several well-known harrowing tales by slaves to alcohol and drugs."
Feminist writer Newman (Good Enough to Eat, 1986, etc.—not reviewed) put together this collection of original cries, complaints, and confessions on the belief that ``most of us [women] have, or at least at one time had, a voice inside us that nags at almost every meal: You shouldn't eat that.'' Lee Lynch, one of several lesbian contributors, maintains that ``there is probably not a lesbian in the world who would not, at the slightest sign of interest, tell you about her personal history with food.'' The ninety other anorexics, bulemics, overeaters, and other food- disordered women represented here—few if any of them accomplished writers—would seem to bear out these assertions with their lamentations about ups and downs and mostly losing battles against cake and chocolate and whatever high-fat confection might stuff up their empty and demanding selves. Read full book review >
THE AUTHOR'S DIMENSION by Christa Wolf
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 1993

"And doubtlessly self-painful, and thus touching."
Wolf's essays are interesting more for their circumstances than for what they have to say. Read full book review >
SURVIVING by Henry Green
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"No Green fan will want to be without it. (First serial rights to Antaeus, Conjunctions, Grand Street, Missouri Review, Paris Review, and Story)"
Who knows that it won't be Henry Green (1905-73), not Joyce or Woolf, that history finally will favor as the greatest English prose-extender of the century? 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 >