Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

LADY KILLERS by Tori  Telfer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Heavily researched and filled with gory details, a rare look at women who killed for pleasure."
A compendium of women serial killers through the ages. Read full book review >
JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >

MIDLIFE by Kieran  Setiya
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A self-help book with a strong—but not heavy-handed—philosophical foundation."
A philosopher offers practical advice on how to navigate one's way through middle age and beyond. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION! by Pete Ayrton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Compelling, timely extracts to spur deeper exploration."
On its 100th anniversary, a collection of brief, pointed writings from eyewitnesses to the Bolshevik Revolution. Read full book review >
CIRCADIAN by Chelsey  Clammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An affecting memoir emerges from a dozen circuitous, digressive essays."
Unconventional essays offer intimate glimpses into a writer's heart and mind. Read full book review >

TRUE STORIES by Francis Spufford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A bibliophagist snacks and dines, sharing with us some of the tastiest bits."
A longtime writer in a variety of genres presents a potpourri of pieces, arranged thematically, from the past few decades. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY by Edward O. Wilson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A concise, thoughtful exploration of how human understanding will be enhanced by 'a humanistic science and a scientific humanities.'"
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (Emeritus, Evolutionary Biology/Harvard Univ.; Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, 2016, etc.) offers a philosophical examination into "the mystery of why there are universal creative arts."Read full book review >
GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. Read full book review >
NASTY WOMEN by Samhita Mukhopadhyay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Strong, thoughtful, and angry voices ring out for resistance, empathy, and solidarity."
Women essayists reflect on Trump, Clinton, and the prospects for feminism. Read full book review >
A LIFE IN WORDS by Paul Auster
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A valuable resource much better suited to the classroom than the nightstand."
A close reading of several of Auster's works as rendered through transcribed interviews between the author and scholar I.B. Siegumfeldt. Read full book review >
SUCKING UP by Deborah Parker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A short book with a fierce bite."
The title suggests the tone, which offers more caustic wit than one usually expects in a quasi-academic overview. Read full book review >
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays."
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist. 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 >