Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS by Michael Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers will learn plenty about Montaigne and more about Perry."
The essays of Montaigne spark midlife reflection by the rural Wisconsin-based author. Read full book review >
GIRL LOGIC by Iliza  Shlesinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An amusing stand-up bit buckles under the weight of a book-length treatment."
A successful comedian tries to square gender stereotypes with the realities of how women really live. Read full book review >

WHAT UNITES US by Dan Rather
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere in spite of dangers foreign and domestic."
One of the deans of the Fourth Estate defends the traditional American values he learned to cherish in childhood, now under threat in a tempestuous political and economic climate. Read full book review >
WHAT FUTURE by Torie  Bosch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A mixed bag studded with insights."
A sober, no-holds-barred view of the world that lies ahead. Read full book review >
HIGHBROW, LOWBROW, BRILLIANT, DESPICABLE by Editors of New York Magazine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"History, local and global, unfolds in this fine gathering that represents a half-century and more than 2,300 issues."
A great magazine is commemorated with an equally top-flight anthology. Read full book review >

PERFECT WAVE by Dave Hickey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2017

"Hickey's description of a 'real book,' an essay collection by Terry Castle, fits his own distinctive book to a T: 'piece by piece, everything falls sweetly into place.'"
Diverse essays from the iconoclastic art critic. Read full book review >
I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR by David Lazar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Sometimes-provocative material residing in a collection that often feels forced together."
An eclectic collection finds Lazar (Creative Writing/Columbia Coll., Chicago; Occasional Desire, 2013, etc.) attempting to reach beyond category, or at least beyond the personal essay. Read full book review >
THE STORIES WE TELL by Patsy Sims
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An engrossing anthology of work, full of intimate details, from veterans of magazine journalism."
An anthology of landmark long-form articles written by female journalists. Read full book review >
MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOADING BRUSH by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers."
Further cultural and agricultural writings from the dean of modern literary agrarians. Read full book review >
BOB DYLAN by Jonathan Cott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An engaging archive of Dylan's own perspective on his artistic process and ever changing cultural significance."
A dense compendium of significant feature interviews with Bob Dylan. Read full book review >
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SOCCER by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Naturally, soccer fans will get more out of this book than fans of other sports, but anyone who is passionate about a game and is willing to read a smart assessment of what it means to be a fan will find much to admire."
An exploration of why soccer is beautiful and how its beauty (and occasional ugliness) manifests. 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 >