Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

THE BALTIMORE BOOK OF THE DEAD by Marion Winik
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Insightful pieces with a cumulative impact that wouldn't work as well standing alone."
A sequel to The Glen Rock Book of the Dead (2008), the author's previous collection of sharp-eyed memorials. Read full book review >
THE SOULS OF YELLOW FOLK by Wesley Yang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"An uneven collection of essays that ranges from fresh analyses of the lives of Asian-Americans to smart commentaries on pop-culture phenomena but doesn't cohere around a single subject or theme."
The debut book by an award-winning magazine writer offers his perceptive, personal view of the lives of Asian-Americans and other subjects. Read full book review >

PROVOCATIONS by Camille Paglia
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Your mileage, as they say, may vary where this shrewd cultural historian—and shallow contemporary observer—is concerned. Take it or leave it: This career retrospective is both maddening and essential."
The scholar and culture warrior comes out swinging with an overstuffed omnibus that hits and misses in equal measure. Read full book review >
FORMS OF ENCHANTMENT by Marina Warner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Fertile, probing responses to the transformative power of art."
An eminent scholar and critic collects her essays from 30 years of writing about art. Read full book review >
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS by Brian Phillips
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Smooth and smart relief for the screen-weary."
Long-form narratives both diverting and engaging. Read full book review >

SIX BY TEN by Mateo Hoke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A consistently eye-opening, urgent report on the use and misuse of prisoner isolation."
How solitary confinement defined the lives of 14 former and current prison inmates. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"You don't need to be black or a minority to grasp the need to stand up and fight in today's political world. The authors lay it out well in this solid primer on how to 'dare to enter the halls of power.'"
The fascinating story of four women who got into politics in the 1960s and '70s and are now the rare Washington insiders who understand people from all areas of the nation. Read full book review >
WHAT IF THIS WERE ENOUGH? by Heather Havrilesky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A fun, often insightful read for digital fatalists."
A New York magazine columnist examines our current culture, which "exerts a constant pressure on us that severs our relationship to ourselves and each other." Read full book review >
SEVEN TYPES OF ATHEISM by John Gray
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An occasionally tedious but concise and well-researched overview."
A brief philosophy of irreligion for general readers, with a roll call of notable male atheists since antiquity. Read full book review >
MY DARLING WINSTON by Winston Churchill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A great resource for gaining a further understanding of these two outsized characters and their era."
Lough (No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, 2015) has collected all available correspondence between Winston and his mother, Jennie Churchill, from his childhood until the end of her life. Read full book review >
THE FLAME by Leonard Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Cohen's fans will be delighted, and students of poetic and lyrical composition have much to learn here as well."
A gathering of late work by the poet, singer, and chronicler of life's more difficult moments. Read full book review >
TODAY’S MOMENT OF HAPPINESS DESPITE THE NEWS by Kathie Giorgio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2018

"Journallike entries that sometimes deliver poignant moments."
In this collection of Facebook posts, a writer shares her daily moments of joy. 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 >