Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Worth sampling if not ingesting in one sitting, the collection provides a comprehensive introduction to a provocative vision of the contemporary state of human connection to—and disconnection from—nature."
Selections from the 10 volumes published by the Dark Mountain Project give readers a taste of the organization's mission: "to play host to voices seeking honest engagement with questions that might be intractable." Read full book review >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. Read full book review >
DIASPORA BOY by Eli Valley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"For those as interested as the artist in the limits of satire, this audacious, potent collection pushes past them."
A cartoonist's collection of graphic provocations on Zionism, the Diaspora, and Jewish stereotypes. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY BUT YOU by Thia Sexton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A collection that's spirited and endearing in its best moments, but other pieces are unsatisfyingly aimless."
These short, memoiristic essays from debut author Sexton touch on her life in Los Angeles as a young actress and musician. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO HIS NEIGHBOR by Marcel Proust
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A trove of charming correspondence from literature's most famous 'noise phobic.'"
Recently discovered letters from Proust to a Paris neighbor show the author's kindness even when he complained about the noise. Read full book review >
WHY POETRY by Matthew Zapruder
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"To the poetry skeptics, what have you got to lose?"
Helping readers overcome their ambivalence about poetry. Read full book review >
WILD THINGS by Bruce  Handy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As well-researched as it is seamlessly composed, this book entertains as it educates."
A Vanity Fair contributing editor encourages adult readers to tumble back down the rabbit hole of childhood and rediscover their favorite books. Read full book review >
CACA DOLCE by Chelsea  Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Martin seldom goes deep, but the arc of growing self-awareness lends the story both gravity and an odd appeal."
A portrait of the artist as a moody teen. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Solid material for Vanity Fair readers, fans of investigative journalism, and observers of higher education and its myriad problems."
A collection of in-depth journalism previously published in Vanity Fair, each piece exposing trouble at an elite university or prep school. Read full book review >
LUCK FAVORS THE PREPARED by Nathaniel Barber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"Former band geeks may recognize themselves in some of Barber's high school memories, but more universal moments are rare."
Dry humor and rotten luck abound in this collection of short personal essays. Read full book review >
DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF <i>THE LITTLE PRINCE</i> by Pierre  Lassus
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Despite the heavy-handed religious reading of the book and some proselytizing, many will enjoy learning about Saint-Exupéry and his life and how he came to write such a beloved book."
The story behind one of the world's most popular books. 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 >