Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

IDIOPHONE by Amy Fusselman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"A curious and lyrical study that touches on many important ideas, but often only glancingly."
A recursive prose-poem contemplating addiction, dance, and the need for pathbreaking art. Read full book review >
CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS? by Ashleigh Young
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"Young has said that her essays emerge from feelings of awkwardness about herself and her place in the world, but with this collection and those to follow, the world of this promising New Zealander is about to become wider."
A debut collection of essays from Young (Creative Writing/Victoria Univ. of Wellington; Magnificent Moon, 2013), a poet and editor with Victoria University Press in New Zealand. Read full book review >

JOURNEYS by Andrew Tisch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"More than 70 voices combine to create a powerful chorus singing a hymn of hope and gratitude.
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A collection of pieces by immigrants in America (and some by their descendants), essays that coalesce to counter the narrative of fear offered by the loud anti-immigrant voices throughout the country. Read full book review >
ON TRUTH by Simon Blackburn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 2, 2018

"A slim volume that offers as much clarity on the topic as one could expect from the often opaque world of philosophy."
A pragmatic primer on a contentious topic. Read full book review >
MORE SNAPSHOTS?  by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2018

"Spirited stories about appreciating life's vagaries."
This follow-up volume of 13 autobiographical essays depicts a life "on destiny's merry-go-round," alternating witty anecdotes of good luck and bad. Read full book review >

DEAD GIRLS by Alice Bolin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 26, 2018

"An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives."
In this engrossing debut collection of essays, Bolin (Creative Nonfiction/Univ. of Memphis) looks at two things: America's cultural obsession with dead girls in works of literature and on TV and Los Angeles from the perspective of both a newcomer and a veteran. Read full book review >
RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION by Thomas Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 19, 2018

"Flaws aside, the book is worth perusing, primarily for its keen analysis of why the Democrats have come up short in recent election cycles. The party's powers that be would be wise to read up."
A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"For Mockingbird and Harper Lee devotees."
A detailed account of a classic novel's context, transformation, and acclaim. Read full book review >
NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES...AND OTHERS by Robert Gottlieb
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 12, 2018

"Perspicacious, penetrating, and instructive."
An erudite and opinionated critic offers up a taster of tantalizing essays. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY LINE OF SIGHT by Mike Maden
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 12, 2018

"Fast-moving and exciting, this one reads like it came from Clancy himself."
Clancy's thriller industry lives on in this Jack Ryan Jr. adventure by Maden. Read full book review >
THE WILLIAM H. GASS READER by William H. Gass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A great deal of this material is perplexing, demanding, and obscure, but the author's beautiful writing is always well worth a visit."
A 900-page Gass-ian celebration. Read full book review >
LONG PLAYERS by Peter Coviello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A diary of devastation too good not to share."
A heartfelt and hyperliterate take on love as a mixtape. 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 >