Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

NOBODY HATES TRUMP MORE THAN TRUMP by David Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A compelling book offering something to offend nearly anyone."
By the end of this impassioned book, readers may question whether it has proven the thesis of its title, but there's no question that the author meets fire with fire, leaving scorched earth on both sides of the critical divide. Read full book review >
OUR PRINCE OF SCRIBES by Nicole Seitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A fitting tribute to a unique, significant writer and man."
His wound may have been geography, but his legacy was generosity. That's the takeaway from this new collection of essays honoring the late Pat Conroy (1945-2016). Read full book review >

HE HELD RADICAL LIGHT by Christian Wiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"'It is hard learning to live ‘one hour higher than the torments,' ' Wiman writes, quoting Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer. This moving book explores not only those torments, but also the understanding that art can provide."
The link between art and faith, as seen by a noted poet. Read full book review >
PERMANENT EXHIBIT by Matthew Vollmer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Captivating journeys with a playful, winsome guide."
Endearingly tender essays reveal the quirky flights of a curious mind. Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM MAX by Sarah Ruhl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A captivating celebration of life and love."
A Yale professor and her playwriting student forge an extraordinary friendship. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"As Burroughs-iana, marginal. As satire, flat. As agitprop, clumsy and outdated."
A surrealistic action plan for would-be revolutionaries from the literary provocateur, prescribing a dash of viral marketing and a lot of political assassination. Read full book review >
BETWEEN ETERNITIES by Javier Marías
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A lively collection, on the whole, from a man of the world who is most comfortable on his own turf.
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Portrait of the artist as a well-traveled sophisticate, unsentimental littérateur, and cranky film critic. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD GODFATHER by W.R. Wilkerson III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An entertaining history of the movie industry's tumultuous past."
A cleareyed portrait of an irascible Hollywood power broker. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"As with most of O'Rourke's books, a mix of the smart and the throwaway but fairly entertaining throughout."
Noted wisenheimer O'Rourke (How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016, 2017, etc.) serves up a fan's notes on "a blood sport that I greatly enjoy"—namely, the dismal science of economics. Read full book review >
CALL THEM BY THEIR TRUE NAMES by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Solnit is careful with her words (she always is) but never so much that she mutes the infuriated spirit that drives these essays."
For those heartsick at Trumpism, essayist and Harper's contributing editor Solnit (The Mother of All Questions, 2017, etc.) offers context and support. Optimism? You're on your own. Read full book review >
HOW DO WE LOOK by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2018

"Yet another triumph for Beard: a joy to read, too short for certain, packed with lessons quickly absorbed."
The renowned classicist delivers another tantalizing morsel of analysis, this time on "art, and our reactions to it, over thousands of years and across thousands of miles." Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF KING SAUL by Jerome Charyn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A very personal view of the past artfully brought to vivid life."
Now entering his ninth decade, a prolific adventurer in fiction and nonfiction offers an amalgam of some of his favorite topics in 10 lively essays dating from 1978 through 2005. 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 >