Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US by Hanif  Abdurraqib
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Erudite writing from an author struggling to find meaning through music."
An Ohio-based poet, columnist, and music critic takes the pulse of the nation while absorbing some of today's most eclectic beats. Read full book review >
THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Entertaining if sometimes mean-spirited and full of valuable lessons in how—and sometimes how not—to run a magazine."
Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan, and other newsy icons come in for critical assessment by a sharp-tongued London transplant who remade two leading magazines. Read full book review >
REAL WOMEN'S STORIES by Beth Kallman Werner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2017

"The best of these pieces stand on their own but also serve as invitations for responses by other aspiring writers."
A collection of brief essays in an annual volume by emerging writers recounting women's experiences in the world. Read full book review >
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"'I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat,' ' Bennett writes of his reputation for niceness. 'And did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' That may be debatable, but the good-naturedness in these engaging pages is proof of his current standing."
The third installment of diaries from the celebrated dramatist and author. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT IT by Stephen Elliott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Thirteen years of miscellaneous writing, some of it revelatory."
The film director and writer revisits his life and earlier work in this grab-bag essay collection. Read full book review >
MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS by Michael Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers will learn plenty about Montaigne and more about Perry."
The essays of Montaigne spark midlife reflection by the rural Wisconsin-based author. 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 >