Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS by Slavoj Žižek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Resolutely atheist' and a 'skeptical pessimist,' iek does his best to leave no sacred cow ungored."
From the provocative to the outrageous to the impenetrable, the latest from the Slovenian gadfly finds a curious sort of hope in a hopeless situation. Read full book review >
ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING by Deborah Santana
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope."
Essays by women of color offer intimate, candid reflections on their lives. Read full book review >

BLACK INK by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Revelatory, often moving essays by impressive writers."
Writers testify to the significance of reading and writing in their lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"At its best, the book reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman."
In the provocative essays collected in her first book, Jerkins meditates on how it feels to be a black woman in the United States today. Read full book review >
TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE by Rob Riemen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology."
Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. Read full book review >

GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE by Hope  Nicholson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 11, 2018

"A must-have for comic historians and those interested in gothic romances, romance comics, and LGBTQ interpretations of traditional forms—highly entertaining."
This anthology pays tribute to the gothic-romance style seen in comic books from their 1960s and ‘70s heyday, updating them in fresh ways. Read full book review >
VOICES, PLACES by David Mason
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Attached to the notion that all places are stories and all stories places, Mason, at his best, draws an illuminating literary cartography with many fascinating ports of call."
A combination of penetrating considerations of renowned and out-of-fashion poets and keen appreciations of the interplay of landscape and culture. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
THE RUIN OF KASCH by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Challenging, erudite, and unsettling observations on civilization and its plethora of discontents."
A fragmented, meditative inquiry into sacrifice, revolution, and modernity. Read full book review >
LATE ESSAYS by J.M. Coetzee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Thought-provoking essays that offer more than mere opinion, as the author plumbs the writers' philosophical and psychological depths."
Nobel and Booker Prize winner Coetzee (The Schooldays of Jesus, 2017, etc.) offers another collection of reflective and erudite essays on a variety of poets and novelists. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MYSTERY by Maud Casey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"For Casey, the search is the thing, whether as a writer or reader. This slim but astute volume is an inducement both to read more deeply and to head for ever more unchartered, frozen, mysterious waters."
Not whodunit, but why and how it works. Read full book review >
TIME OF GRATITUDE by Gennady  Aygi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-chosen introduction to the artistic and spiritual forces that shaped a poet."
Warmth and passion infuse a collection of poetry and prose. 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 >