Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

THE PRODIGAL TONGUE by Lynne Murphy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2018

"A passionate defense (or is it defence?) of the 'fantastically flexible medium' that is English."
What is it about Americans' way with words that makes Brits so angry? An American linguistics professor attempts to find out. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT HELPED by Jessica Friedmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Well-rendered essays that make readers think and feel deeply."
A writer with a history of depression and anxiety plunges deeper into the abyss following the birth of her son. Read full book review >

ASSUME THE WORST by Carl Hiaasen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2018

"Slim but pointed and humorous; a good gift for the neighbor's kid's graduation."
Two of the literary world's most entertaining lighthearted cynics collaborate on a brief text that takes the form of a fake graduation speech. Read full book review >
I GIVE MY EYES... by Brian H.  Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2018

"An irreverent, heartfelt work that cheerfully wanders through somber topics."
A photographer and museum curator's collection of meditations and conversations on art, writing, and life in general. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF NO SUMMER by Rachel Lebowitz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Disparate musings cohere into a lyrical meditation on violence, disaster, and humanity's yearning for solace."
In 1815, a volcanic eruption caused a year of devastation. Here is a vivid, disquieting collage of prose pieces that swirl around that one cataclysmic event. Read full book review >

SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE by Lorrie Moore
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Deft, graceful essays from a sharply incisive writer."
The award-winning fiction writer gathers essays written over the past three decades. Read full book review >
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A smart, droll essay collection that is all over the map but focused by Crosley's consistently sharp eye."
The latest collection from the Manhattan-based essayist suggests she can write engagingly about nearly anything. Read full book review >
BETWIXT-AND-BETWEEN by Jenny Boully
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Graceful meditations on love, loneliness, and the magic of words."
A poet and essayist likens writing to witchcraft, love, and "the craft of getting someone to love me." Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
CAN'T HELP MYSELF by Meredith Goldstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A witty, entertaining memoir offering guidance on the precarious integration of life and love."
A relationship columnist fuses sage advice with dispatches from her own personal life. Read full book review >
ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. Read full book review >
URSULA K. LE GUIN by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Candid and perceptive last words by a treasured writer."
Thoughtful reflections on the writing life from the late author (1929-2018). 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 >