Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 117)

A FEW THOUSAND WORDS ABOUT LOVE by Mickey Pearlman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 14, 1998

"A meaningful collection for those wishing to contemplate the immensity of love. (Author tour)"
Truths and memorable voices fill this sharp essay collection about the nature of love. Read full book review >
THE BOYS OF MY YOUTH by Jo Ann Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1998

"Were more of her memoirs to display the focus glimpsed in those pieces, they would be the makings of an impressive first book. (Part of this volume appeared in the New Yorker, and Beard is the recipient of a 1997 Whiting Award.)"
These one-dimensional autobiographical fragments of girlhood, young adulthood, and a crumbling marriage are exercises in mere recollection, mostly lacking the reflection or the narrative drive to make them worthwhile. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 1998

A self-impressed, capriciously hit-and-miss collection of New York Daily News columns and longer thought pieces by jazz guru and social/cultural critic Crouch (The All-American Skin Game, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NOTES FROM HAMPSTEAD by Elias Canetti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"But the few will be grateful for Canetti's book and for Hargraves's exacting translation of it."
A Nobel Prize winner illuminates topics ranging from death and great writers to religion and myth, ethnicity and creativity, and much more. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1997 by Ian Frazier
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"Discrete but complementary entertainments in a range of keys that continue to define what is surely one of our most robust literary forms."
The latest sampling of choice nonfiction from America's literary journals and magazines, in a series that is a perennial success. Read full book review >

WHAT'S GOING ON by Nathan McCall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Despite some flaws, this is a strong effort from the journalist turned essayist. (Author tour)"
McCall follows up his critically acclaimed autobiography Makes Me Wanna Holler (1994) with this eye-opening collection of personal essays on race and racism in America. Read full book review >
PARTING FROM PHANTOMS by Christa Wolf
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Essential reading for anyone interested in Europe's intellectual life."
In her first nonfiction collection since German unification, East Germany's most prominent novelist wrestles eloquently with the ghosts of the past: her own, her country's. Read full book review >
AN EAR TO THE GROUND by Scott C. Davis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"An interesting and admirable endeavor by Davis and his independent publishing company, but there's too much that simply isn't good and too little that thematically brings it all together. (78 b&w illustrations)"
Designed ``as a salon'' for new writers from the East and West coasts, according to editor Davis (The World of Patience Gromes, 1988), this wildly uneven collection of essays claims ``local truth'' as its unifying theme, though many of the 78 entries have nothing to do with coastal locales. Read full book review >
HOME SPUN by Leon Hale
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"His enthusiasm for life and for old school newspapering after better than four decades is undeniably infectious. (Author tour)"
A fetching, down-home sampler of newspaper pieces by Houston Chronicle columnist and novelist Hale (Addison, 1979, etc.) that's by turns tart and sweet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 1997

"Underdeveloped and unoriginal, this tirade fails to become the tool of empowerment for African-American women it claims to be. (First serial to Essence; author tour)"
Nelson's memoir of growing up as a black female in a racist, sexist America is a poor entry in a desperately needed genre. ``I write because I'm angry,'' Nelson declares in her introduction, setting the tone for the rest of this ranting and scattered book. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

What Thomas Pynchon called ``Barthelmismo'' is somewhat lacking in the second posthumous collection edited by Herzinger of Barthelme's miscellaneous writings, which here includes film and book reviews, art catalog essays, and New Yorker pieces. ``Barthelme Takes On Task of Almost Deciphering His Fiction'' ran the New York Times headline when Barthelme delivered a lecture for New York University's Writer at Work series. Read full book review >
CHEVROLET SUMMERS, DAIRY QUEEN NIGHTS by Bob Greene
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A talented journalist in the old tradition serves some traditional apple pie with a bit of corn, and it may just suit a reader somehow predisposed to good feeling."
Syndicated Chicago Tribune columnist Greene (The 50 Year Dash, 1996; Hang Time, 1992; etc.) collects a hundred or so transitory essays celebrating the old human virtues and decrying the new human vices. 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 >