Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP by Bandy X.  Lee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won't change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won't read it."
Mental health professionals and others make the case that Donald Trump is mentally ill, dangerous, or both. Read full book review >
ON RACE by George  Yancy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"The interviews need not be read in order because each can stand on its own."
Yancy (Philosophy/Emory Univ.; Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness, 2012, etc.) conducts interviews with fellow philosophy professors and other thinkers in order to illuminate reasons for enduring racial divides and perhaps arrive at constructive paths forward. Read full book review >

CHIP KIDD by Chip Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"As for his own work, it is also constantly changing, as reflected in this vibrant decadelong retrospective, but it has most certainly endured."
More than a decade after the first, the second volume of art and anecdotes from one of the foremost book-jacket designers in contemporary publishing. Read full book review >
LIGHT THE DARK by Joe  Fassler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Others lighting the literary dark in this luminous and appealing collection include Jane Smiley (Charles Dickens), Junot Díaz (Toni Morrison), Yiyun Li (Elizabeth Bowen), Neil Gaiman (R.A. Lafferty), and Michael Chabon (Jorge Luis Borges)."
In these short essays, writers discuss the works that made them want to write. Read full book review >
LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE by Jeffrey K.   Stine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the ecological bookshelf."
Original essays by leading scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists that address the related problems of unchecked population growth, scarcity of resources, climate change, and environmental pollution. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read full book review >
DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >
THE LOST TETRADS OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN by Marshall McLuhan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"A treat for compleatist members of the cult of McLuhan, but best left to those insiders."
Oracular ramblings by the erstwhile maven of media studies. Read full book review >
WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE by James Elkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Some of his points invite argument, but Elkins' knowing commentary helps the reader interpret the art. A fine addition to the odd-book shelf."
A mystery manuscript comes out for airing; wordless save for the title page, what does it mean? Read full book review >
LANDSLIDE by Minna Zallman Proctor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Affecting stories told effectively, with all the complications involved in searching for truth."
Stories matter, memory is tricky, the past permeates us: these and other insights appear continually in a collection of interwoven personal essays. Read full book review >
DEFINING MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY by Dick  Gregory
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Gregory's devotion to civil rights and his global recognition add to his appealing writing style and clever sense of humor to make this a book for a wide audience."
The comedian, activist, and social critic highlights key events in black history in America. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A breath of hope but also a serious call to action: everyone needs to take part."
A trio of acclaimed political scholars and journalists do their best to encourage those bemoaning the path of America's government. 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 >