Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

MORE ALIVE AND LESS LONELY by Jonathan Lethem
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A throwaway line from an essay on amnesia sums up this standout collection: 'I followed the higher principle of pleasure, tried to end where I'd started: with writing I loved and wanted to recommend to someone else. That is to say, you.'"
One of America's most accomplished writers looks back between the pages of other writers' books. Read full book review >
PERDIDO BAY BLUES by Jacqueline Lane
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 10, 2017

"A tale that clearly illuminates the author's passion even if the narrative sometimes tends toward dry detail."
Debut author Lane's account of her lifelong mission to save Perdido Bay recalls how a public environmental issue along the border of Florida and Alabama became personal. Read full book review >

ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors."
A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overwhelmingly sad and consistently vulgar anthology."
Rehashed tales of rock 'n' roll excess prove that even the most powerfully creative voices in music can be tone deaf about drug addiction. Read full book review >
SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An almost spectral text haunted by a past that never seems distant."
A revealing publication from the celebrated prose stylist. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO A YOUNG FARMER by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though the book may scare off almost as many prospective farmers as it encourages, the contributors argue their cases with an effective polemical tenor."
Longtime advocates of sustainable agriculture join with new voices for a comradely take on the challenging future of farming. Read full book review >
HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >
PAIN WOMAN TAKES YOUR KEYS, AND OTHER ESSAYS FROM A NERVOUS SYSTEM by Sonya Huber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2017

"Frank, thoughtful reflections that should resonate with the 47 percent of Americans reported to be living with chronic pain."
Meditative, intimate essays consider the experience of suffering. Read full book review >
ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES by Elena Passarello
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Passarello manages to chronicle humanity's cavalier exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals without getting preachy in the process—no mean feat. If only the entirety of the book reflected the gifts the author demonstrates at her best."
An essayist populates a bestiary of an ark with famous animals from history, all celebrated by humans even as we harnessed and exploited them. Read full book review >
PASSING TIME by Andrea Köhler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2017

"A lovely jeu d'esprit for those waiters who like their abeyance with a touch of the metaphysical."
What are we doing when we aren't doing anything? Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE by David Shields
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Uneven but mostly sharp and appealing."
An assortment of musings, cultural critiques, and memoir. Read full book review >
TRUMP'S AMERICA by Scott Dikkers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Sure to appeal to Onion fans and anyone unhappy with our current president."
A founding editor of the Onion provides a satirical guide to surviving Donald Trump's America. 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 >