Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

EVERYTHING IS BROKEN UP AND DANCES by Edoardo Nesi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 27, 2018

"The result is an analysis that sings, though its melody turns increasingly sour."
Two Italians from different backgrounds offer call-and-response pieces on the post-millennial economic collapse. Read full book review >
PACKING MY LIBRARY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Vintage Manguel—a pleasure for his many readers and admirers."
The archbibliophile writes nostalgically of his "last library," the most recent of a succession of collections that have defined him over a lifetime. Read full book review >

HUNTING THE TRUTH by Beate Klarsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"With bravery and chutzpah, a husband and wife demonstrate that there's no moral compromise with history."
In a joint memoir, a pair of notable Nazi hunters review their half-century of disputing acceptance of mass murderers in decent society. Read full book review >
THE STREET PHILOSOPHY OF GARRY WINOGRAND by Geoff Dyer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 18, 2018

"Despite the sometimes puffed-up text, this is a necessary addition to any library of photography."
An illuminating portfolio of the work of photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), who died more than three decades ago but is being rediscovered. Read full book review >
THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 13, 2018

"Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude."
A noted physician and essayist collects pieces dealing with subjects ranging from immigration to Einstein to Alice James. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"The rivers of mutual affection, admiration, and artistry form a powerful confluence in these deeply affecting exchanges."
A collection of revealing and moving letters, spanning nearly 40 years, between the celebrated playwright and his publisher and friend at New Directions. Read full book review >
CAN IT HAPPEN HERE? by Cass R. Sunstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2018

"Cautionary pieces well-informed by history, legal theory, and patriotism, all bubbling in a cauldron of anxiety."
A renowned legal scholar assembles a dream team of other legal authorities and cultural and political analysists to ponder the title, substance, and current relevance of It Can't Happen Here (1935), Sinclair Lewis' provocative novel about the rise of fascism in America. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS by Julia Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Bold and sassy, Pierpont and Thapp's 'little' collection of secular 'saints' stands tall: required reading for any seeking to broaden their historical knowledge."
From novelist Pierpont (Among the Ten Thousand Things, 2015) and British illustrator Thapp, an enticing collection of biographical portraits of extraordinary women. Read full book review >
THINKING WITHOUT A BANISTER by Hannah Arendt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2018

"A challenging, densely argued, provocative collection."
Cultural and political analysis by a noted and often controversial writer. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENCY OF BARACK OBAMA by Julian E. Zelizer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2018

"Cogent, authoritative essays offer insights on eight fraught years."
Historians ring in on Barack Obama's achievements, failures, and legacy. Read full book review >
RAYMOND CARVER'S <i>WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE</i> by Brian Evenson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2018

"A revelatory meditation on reading, writing, and editing."
A celebration of a favorite writer deepens into an unexpectedly complex and ambivalent response. Read full book review >
MY EXAGGERATED LIFE by Katherine Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"The occasional outburst of adult themes notwithstanding, this makes good reading not just for Conroy's fans, but also teenagers seeking a literary path out of the confusion as well as grown-ups reckoning with their own lives."
In which the beloved American novelist Conroy (1945-2016) speaks from beyond the grave, sometimes in the saltiest of language. 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 >