Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 117)

THE BARBIE CHRONICLES by Yona Zeldis McDonough
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

THE BARBIE CHRONICLESA Living Doll Turns FortyMcDonough, Yona Zeldis—Ed. Read full book review >
MORE MATTER by John Updike
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 28, 1999

"Let us hope he changes his mind."
A strong gathering of essays, criticism, addresses, introductions, and autobiographical commentaries written and published over the past eight years. Read full book review >

METAL COWBOY by Joe Kurmaskie
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"The metal cowboy is on a slow bike to nowhere in particular, and when he's not dispensing homilies, he knows how to enjoy the simple, immediate pleasures of two-wheeled freedom."
Fleet lessons, experiences, and absurdities, gathered from the saddle of a bicycle and mined for every identifiable nugget of humor or worthy apologue, from newcomer Kurmaskie. Read full book review >
A HUNDRED WHITE DAFFODILS by Jane Kenyon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though at times uneven and repetitive, this posthumous collection offers a rich and varied look into the working life of a well-loved American poet."
This somewhat choppy but affecting collection of translations, essays, interviews, and one new poem by Kenyon is indispensable reading for admirers of her work. Read full book review >
SELECTED NON-FICTION by Jorge Luis Borges
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 24, 1999

"Fresh translations, useful and unintrusive notes (editor Weinberger has also translated the poetry of Octavio Paz), several new pieces of writing, but not a leap into an altered vision of Borges. (First serial to Grand Street)"
Familiar essays and lectures by the great Argentine fantasist, plus many hitherto uncollected pieces. Read full book review >

PRISON WRITINGS by Leonard Peltier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1999

"An important contribution to Native American letters, sure to stir both controversy and renewed attention for Peltier's ongoing quest for freedom."
Part manifesto, part memoir, a standout collection by the celebrated, long-imprisoned American Indian Movement co-founder and activist. Read full book review >
DOING TIME by Bell Gale Chevigny
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 1999

"Essential reading for those concerned by this imbalance—and it should be more than essential for lawmakers and citizens who support the hard bargain of liberty for order without considering the darkness created."
This anthology of material by winners of PEN America's annual prison writing contests provides a polyphonic chorus of rejoinder to our policies of maximum incarceration. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 1999

"Well intentioned, but remarkably tedious for such a short book."
Another attempt to jump on the bandwagon of the so-called simplicity movement, this time with a Gallic twist. Read full book review >
NARCISSUS LEAVES THE POOL by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 14, 1999

"Vintage Epstein, for those who don—t mind a faint bouquet of self-absorption."
The latest collection of quasi-autobiographical "familiar essays" by Epstein (Pertinent Players: Essays on the Literary Life, 1993, etc.) offers the pleasures of smart faculty-party conversation. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1999

THE BUSINESS OF MEMORYThe Art of Remembering in the Age of ForgettingBaxter, Charles— Ed. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and diverse collection with a distinctly literary bent."
In these distinct and forthcoming original essays, five prominent writers offer their meditations on exile and memory. Read full book review >
SEA BATTLES ON DRY LAND by Harold Brodkey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 1999

"A test of Robertson Davies's plea that people's bad journalism should not be held against them."
Brodkey's self-involved, prolix prose style, which made his long-awaited Runaway Soul (1991) a sacred monster of recent fiction, fails badly to translate into readable essays on art, culture, politics, books, etc. After winning an early niche at the New Yorker with his fiction, Brodkey, like Updike and Barthelme, could always place an essay there—no matter how slight or puffed up the piece. 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 >