Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

LETTERS TO A YOUNG WRITER by Colum McCann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pithy, wise, and gently encouraging advice from an acclaimed fiction writer."
A demonstration of how precision, care, and hard work are the writer's crucial tools. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"An essential tour de force for poetry buffs."
A striking anthology of interviews that sheds light on one of the most iconic poetry institutions in New York City. Read full book review >

THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION by Allen Ginsberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"A rich sourcebook for literary historians and fans of the passionate, iconoclastic Beats."
The Beat generation, as seen by its central figure. Read full book review >
THE AUTHENTIC LOVER by Chris  Hakim
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2017

"Powerful, persuasive encouragement toward better and wiser loving."
A spirited analysis of the concept of love and romanticrelationships.Read full book review >
THE TABLE by Francis Ponge
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2017

"A meticulously rigorous translation of a book that adds much to Ponge's rich body of work."
A new iteration of a pillar of French critical thinking. Read full book review >

I LOVE MY SELFIE by Ilan Stavans
by Ilan Stavans, photographed by ADÁL
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2017

"Bright but uneven, inspiring but occasionally misguided, the book is a curious intellectual snapshot with a finger over the lens: a broad cultural landscape pulled unnecessarily into portraiture."
A bit of light academia on society's latest narcissistic trend, equal parts philosophical exploration and art criticism. Read full book review >
IN THE GLOW OF THE LAVALAMP by Lily Wilson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 31, 2017

"Wilson's amusing tales explore the fine line between desire and disgust."
A set of stories about embarrassing moments, including disappointing sexual experiences. Read full book review >
LITERATURE CLASS, BERKELEY 1980 by Julio Cortázar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 28, 2017

"It's great to have these insights from the author himself about his writings, but it's a bumpy ride for all but a small, scholarly audience."
A collection about the art of fiction. Read full book review >
A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
ALL THESE WONDERS by Catherine Burns
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 21, 2017

"As Neil Gaiman writes in his foreword, 'the Moth teaches us not to judge by appearances. It teaches us to listen. It reminds us to empathize.' Here's to at least 20 more years."
The Moth's 20-year retrospective contains all the hope, sadness, triumphs, and tribulations that have defined the pioneering live reading series since its modest debut in 1997. Read full book review >
ROMANIAN NOTEBOOK by Cyrus Console
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A large step for the writer that reads like a smaller accomplishment."
A middle-age rite-of-passage memoir by a writing teacher and published poet. Read full book review >
American Rococo by Isham Cook
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 16, 2017

"Food for thought, elegantly prepared, that falls short of a meal."
A collection of musings offers a broad sampling of subjects and styles. 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 >