Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

TYPEWRITERS, BOMBS, JELLYFISH by Tom McCarthy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative."
A debut collection of essays covering the scope of modern literature, along with a quiet plea for its violent overthrow. Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS by Paula Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor—delivers more than it promises."
In the follow-up to There's Nothing in This Book that I Meant To Say (2007), comedian Poundstone chronicles her amusing and surprisingly personal search for the key to happiness. Read full book review >

ALL I WANT TO DO IS LIVE by Trace  Ramsey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"A set of brave works featuring first-rate prose."
Ramsey's (Quitter, 2014)new collection of creative nonfiction and poetry takes on the topics of depression, addiction, and loss.Read full book review >
A MAN'S WORLD by Steve Oney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although every piece focuses on men, the variation of subjects and the different writing styles combine in a journalism anthology more satisfying than most."
Veteran journalist Oney (And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank, 2003, etc.) pulls together 20 magazine features from three decades of his career. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Edward McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A lively, enlightening, and occasionally disturbing book that envisions the future as already broken."
Off to look for America. Read full book review >

JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >
GUESSWORK by Martha Cooley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"A quiet memoir with emotional power that is subtle, artful, and piercing."
The author of the honored novel The Archivist (1998) returns with a sometimes-wrenching memoir-in-essays about love and loss. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 18, 2017

"Clio, the muse of history, smiles and nods her head on every page."
A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian and biographer. Read full book review >
DOUBLE BIND by Robin Romm
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thoughtfully provocative anthology."
Romm (MFA Program/Warren Wilson Coll.; The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, 2009, etc.) gathers essays by successful women about the meaning of ambition in their lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their stories after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
THE IDIOCY OF PERFECTION by Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2017

"A judicious, agile look at the limits of reason and modern liberalism."
A series of biographical vignettes captures a shared skepticism about the rewards of modernity. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BOOK ON FORM by Robert Hass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Erudite, witty, and well-informed, this encyclopedic labor of love will become the go-to book on poetic form for years to come."
What makes a poem tick. 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 >