Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

HAPPINESS IN THIS LIFE by Pope Francis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The author's 2015 encyclical Laudato si' makes for more inspired reading, perhaps, but this sometimes-stern but often friendly collection offers clear insight into the pope's doctrinal concerns."
Homilies and other short inspirational writings by the leader of the Catholic Church. Read full book review >
NEW ORLEANS GRIOT by Tom Dent
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A comprehensive portrait of the influential New Orleans writer whose oeuvre reflects the racial tensions of the times and is equally relevant today."
An expansive collection of essays, interviews, poetry, and fiction by the New Orleans writer. Read full book review >

GEORGE SAUNDERS' <i>PASTORALIA</i> by Charles Holdefer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"It's no U and I, but it has its moments."
Literary criticism, at least of a kind, meets literary memoir in this airy essay by novelist Holdefer (Dick Cheney in Shorts, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
AGELESS AUTHORS ANTHOLOGY by Ginnie  Bivona
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Refreshingly good writing and proof that creativity doesn't necessarily wane with age."
A collection of work from the competitors in a nationwide writing contest for senior authors. Read full book review >
THE DIGITAL CRITIC by Houman Barekat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Of broad interest to readers working in that Venn diagram space where writing, publishing, and cyberspace come together."
A gathering of mostly accessible academic pieces on the changes wrought on literature and criticism by the internet. Read full book review >

PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Patrick Leigh Fermor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Recounting triumph and tragedy, these letters help round out a portrait of a writer who had long ago reconciled himself to a minor role in literary history—but who deserves a wide readership all the same."
A collection of correspondence to friends and family over more than half a century, recounting the noted British traveler and writer's adventures over a long life. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT "WHOM" by Emmy J.  Favilla
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lighthearted take on communicating in the digital age."
An irreverent grammar guru advises, "follow your heart." Read full book review >
CHRONICLES OF A LIQUID SOCIETY by Umberto Eco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Although some of these pieces have a tired feel, there's much here to enjoy and ponder."
A swan song from one of Europe's great intellectuals. Read full book review >
HUNTER OF STORIES by Eduardo Galeano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Although some of these pieces are on the thin side, this is a fitting final flourish for a literary giant of the Latin American left."
The final work of the esteemed Uruguayan journalist and social critic. Read full book review >
TRANSLATION AS TRANSHUMANCE by Mireille  Gansel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For those interested in translation, this slim, delicate book will be a revelation."
A personal meditation on the challenging art of translation. Read full book review >
DON'T SAVE ANYTHING by James Salter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Taken together, these pieces attest to a true life, a life well-lived and well-written."
Previously published but not collected until now, these magazine pieces reflect the author's wide range of experience and interests as well as his prose mastery. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE PLACE by Margot  Kahn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A compilation that delights on many levels and will appeal to anyone who has struggled or embraced the idea of home sweet home."
A diverse collection of essays that delve into the fraught concept of home as both a physical and emotional space. 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 >