Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

CHRONIQUES by Kamel Daoud
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A stunning, defiant, and impassioned collection."
Incisive essays depict a world beset by "a geography of hysteria." Read full book review >
FIGHT FOR LIBERTY by Mark Lasswell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A valuable addition to the literature of democratic resistance."
Essays by contributors allied with the Renew Democracy Initiative on the necessity of defending democratic institutions in an anti-democratic era. Read full book review >

SLEEP OF MEMORY by Patrick Modiano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A future biographer won't be able to build much of a timeline of the events Modiano so evocatively describes, relics of a world that no longer exists. An elegant work of suggestion and misdirection."
A languid, novelistic portrait of the artist—winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 2014—as a young man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A somewhat useful historical reference driven by an idiosyncratic definition of 'titan.'"
An encyclopedia of "individuals who have each somehow changed the course of world events," in which murderers and criminals find prominent places. Read full book review >
ALMOST EVERYTHING by Anne Lamott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Those who enjoy Lamott's consistently self-deprecating humor, vulnerability, and occasional nuggets of positivity will enjoy her latest; others will be adrift."
Another distillation of the author's life philosophy. Read full book review >

WE CAN'T BREATHE by Jabari Asim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A sharp vision that challenges readers to shift perspective and examine conventional narratives."
A collection of essays that go wide and deep into the black experience in America. Read full book review >
IMPEACHMENT by Jon Meacham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An important book: impeccably researched and well-presented."
A set of scholarly essays introduced by presidential scholar Engel offers historical context and precedent to a sticky Constitutional issue very much in the current public debate. Read full book review >
PROFESSOR AT LARGE by John Cleese
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"As provocative as it is amusing—an edifying journey through the mind of a major talent."
In this probing collection of essays and lectures given during his tenure as Cornell University's "professor at large," Cleese (So, Anyway…, 2014, etc.) reminds us that his intelligence and wit extend well beyond Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Read full book review >
LESSONS FROM A DARK TIME AND OTHER ESSAYS by Adam Hochschild
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 12, 2018

"Focusing on some of the direst eras of recent history, these potent essays nevertheless find reason for hope in the idealism of individuals."
An eminent public historian offers perspective on the Trump era. Read full book review >
INTERIOR STATES by Meghan O'Gieblyn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"O'Gieblyn's contemporary, hip voice is one people need to hear."
Personal essays rooted in religion with a Midwestern ethos. Read full book review >
THE RECKONINGS by Lacy M. Johnson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Johnson negotiates a path between vengeance and hand-wringing despair in this thoughtful and probing collection."
Who pays the costs of violence, whether waged against a person, group, or environment? That's the broad question Johnson (Creative Nonfiction/Rice Univ.) tackles in this follow-up to her 2014 memoir, The Other Side. Read full book review >
RESURRECTIONS by Jeffrey Meyers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Intellectually stimulating but self-aggrandizing—a portrait of the artist in portraits of other artists."
An experimental memoir told in a series of biographical sketches of the author's friends and colleagues. 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 >