Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"It will not be necessary for readers to tackle this book from front to back; it rewards dipping into occasionally, as Gates sometimes surprises, sometimes intrigues, and rarely disappoints."
A collection of vignettes about the black experience in the United States and around the globe. Read full book review >
THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A collection of dissimilar pieces that reveal the scope of the author's interests—sometimes challenging, always rewarding."
Fans of the late neurologist have another chance to enjoy this erudite, compassionate storyteller, essayist, and memoirist in what may be his final work. Read full book review >

BLITT by Barry Blitt
Kirkus Star
by Barry Blitt, illustrated by Barry Blitt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A treasure trove for fans of the New Yorker, political satire, and graphic design."
Indelible images from one of America's leading political cartoonists. Read full book review >
VACATIONLAND by John Hodgman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Very dry, with a twist."
A memoir from a writer who doubles as a comedian. Read full book review >
WHY WE DON'T SUCK by Denis  Leary
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fun and thought-provoking romp through politics and popular culture."
The loudly outspoken comedian and actor's latest book is sure to offend some readers, but many more will find plenty of food for thought while also getting in a good laugh. Read full book review >

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS by Christopher  de Hamel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history."
A palaeographer's fascinating investigation of medieval culture. Read full book review >
MICKEY ROURKE AND THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS by W.S. Di Piero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"What a poet writes when he isn't writing poetry. Will appeal most to fellow poets and students of the form."
A poet's notebook reflections on poetry, prose, art, time, and death. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF ELIZABETH HARDWICK by Elizabeth Hardwick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An essential compendium of midcentury American intellectual life, one that reaffirms the personal and cultural importance of literature."
A career-spanning collection of essays, reviews, criticism, and more from a co-founder of the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE by Gabrielle  Union
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Personal, reflective moments that reveal various aspects of an actress and activist's life."
A black actress and activist chronicles her life story and speaks out about issues important to her. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH VOLUME 1 by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath's work and, by extension, of modern literature."
A monumental gathering, in the first of two volumes, of the scattered correspondence of the now iconic—and canonical—poet and novelist. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An insightful collection of interviews about what it means to be human. This book, it turns out, helps explain W is TF."
A popular podcast gets the book treatment. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE by Andrew O'Hagan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Three well-written but fleeting vignettes from some of the darkest edges of the internet."
Three intriguing pieces of journalism about the new threats of a digital age. 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 >