Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

HEATING & COOLING by Beth Ann Fennelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A sleek, delightful collection."
A poet and fiction writer delivers 52 "micro-memoirs"—some just one sentence, some a couple of pages—that offer insight into her life, the lives of loved ones, and the overall human condition. Read full book review >
THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE by Lynn Freed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"This is travel literature as memoir, drolly covering the scope of a restless creative life."
An offbeat world tour with a not-quite-innocent abroad. Read full book review >

THE CLIMATE SWERVE by Robert Jay Lifton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A powerful and well-reasoned call to action."
A clear argument that "confronting the full danger of nuclear and climate devastation enables us to sustain rather than destroy our species." Read full book review >
WE WEAR THE MASK by Brando Skyhorse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Sharply drawn reflections on identity fluidity, stereotypes, marginalization, and cultural assumption."
Writers explore how and why the phenomenon of "passing" both shocks and fascinates. Read full book review >
THE ART OF FAILING by Anthony McGowan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Entertaining reading to dip into now and then."
A British fiction writer humorously chronicles the quotidian frustrations, discomforts, and outright failures he faced over the course of one year. Read full book review >

DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS by A.C. Grayling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government."
Of democracy and its discontents, with a resonant defense of what Winston Churchill called "the least bad of all systems." Read full book review >
LADY KILLERS by Tori  Telfer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Heavily researched and filled with gory details, a rare look at women who killed for pleasure."
A compendium of women serial killers through the ages. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Barbed, to be sure, but less grouchy than exasperated and a pleasure for like-minded readers."
The curmudgeonly actor, best known for his zeitgeist-riding portrayal of journalist Lou Grant, weighs in on the Constitution and its discontents in a smart, often entertaining polemic. Read full book review >
JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >
MIDLIFE by Kieran  Setiya
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A self-help book with a strong—but not heavy-handed—philosophical foundation."
A philosopher offers practical advice on how to navigate one's way through middle age and beyond. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION! by Pete Ayrton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Compelling, timely extracts to spur deeper exploration."
On its 100th anniversary, a collection of brief, pointed writings from eyewitnesses to the Bolshevik Revolution. Read full book review >
CIRCADIAN by Chelsey  Clammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An affecting memoir emerges from a dozen circuitous, digressive essays."
Unconventional essays offer intimate glimpses into a writer's heart and mind. 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 >