Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE by Mandy Len  Catron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic."
One woman ponders what it means to be in love. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE by Rick  Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Easiest to digest in snack-size portions."
Memories of a Michigan upbringing proceed to anecdotes on retirement in Italy, as a writing professor writes what pleases him, which is often about what doesn't. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2017

"An upbeat but uneven treatise that tries to create a level playing field for science and spirituality."
A book attempts to bridge the divide between mysticism and materialism. Read full book review >
HAVE BLACK LIVES EVER MATTERED? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2017

"A collection to rally the believers into action rather than persuade doubters or skeptics."
A series of manifestoes in black and white, without any shades of gray. Read full book review >
AWAY WITH WORDS by Joe Berkowitz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 13, 2017

"Lighthearted and occasionally witty."
A merry look at competitive wordplay. Read full book review >

NIGHT THOUGHTS by Wallace Shawn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 13, 2017

"Not an optimistic picture but perceptive and forcefully argued."
The acclaimed actor and playwright offers a brief, disturbing meditation on the "story of civilization." Read full book review >
BLIND SPOT by Teju Cole
by Teju Cole, photographed by Teju Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey."
Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection. Read full book review >
SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU by Anna  Akana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Frank advice on how to live a productive, happy life despite certain odds, written in tribute to a 'fearless, talented, and bold' sister."
A collection of advice and life lessons for a dearly departed sibling. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 6, 2017

"An illuminating collection of film criticism that is like a critical history of rock as exemplified by garage bands and one-hit wonders."
Critical perception is laced with love in this appreciation of the B-movies and exploitation flicks of the 1970s, which remain "the third—and, to date, last—great period in American movies." Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
WOULD EVERYBODY PLEASE STOP? by Jenny  Allen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 6, 2017

"These essays will resonate most strongly with women of a certain age and economic status."
Would an Erma Bombeck of the 21st century have subscribed to the New Yorker? If so, she might have written, or at least identified with, this debut essay collection by a writer who has appeared in that magazine and elsewhere but whose topics have resonance beyond the metropolitan parochial. 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 >