Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

GUESSWORK by Martha Cooley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"A quiet memoir with emotional power that is subtle, artful, and piercing."
The author of the honored novel The Archivist (1998) returns with a sometimes-wrenching memoir-in-essays about love and loss. Read full book review >
ORGAN GRINDER by Alan Fishbone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A slim book that will resonate with the reader's inner biker/philosopher."
A book-length essay connecting the profane and the profound, as a biker with a master's degree in classics (and a translator of ancient Greek and Latin) contemplates a life not always well spent. Read full book review >

WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE THEY ARE by Annabelle Gurwitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Though frequently amusing, Gurwitch's essays aim at easy targets and back off from complex thought."
The latest collection of essays from the actress and author. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 18, 2017

"Clio, the muse of history, smiles and nods her head on every page."
A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian and biographer. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU FIND OUT THE WORLD IS AGAINST YOU by Kelly Oxford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"As might be expected from her Twitter account, Oxford has a gift for snarky one-liners and self-effacing humor, but her stories are weakly structured and often drift to their ends without resolution."
The latest book of comic personal essays by Twitter sensation Oxford (Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, 2013) consists of verbal snapshots of embarrassing scenes from her childhood and later life. Read full book review >

SORRY, WRONG COUNTRY by Konstantine Paradias
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2017

"A thoughtful and amusing look at a troubled nation's soul."
A series of comic vignettes plumbs the cultural condition of contemporary Greece. Read full book review >
AT THE LIGHTNING FIELD by Laura Raicovich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"A detailed observation of what it means to make a detailed observation."
A contemplation of an outdoor art instillation sparks meditations on time, distance, infinity, memory, and the interrelationship between the work and the viewer. Read full book review >
DOUBLE BIND by Robin Romm
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thoughtfully provocative anthology."
Romm (MFA Program/Warren Wilson Coll.; The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, 2009, etc.) gathers essays by successful women about the meaning of ambition in their lives. Read full book review >
SUNSHINE STATE by Sarah Gerard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intimate journey reveals a Florida few visitors would ever discover."
Decidedly odd characters emerge in eight autobiographical essays. Read full book review >
TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD by Durga Chew-Bose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"Chew-Bose is an intense observer and cataloger of sensations, but this type of literary impressionism, where self-discovery becomes self-absorption, wears thin."
A debut collection of personal essays from a Montreal-born writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their stories after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
THE IDIOCY OF PERFECTION by Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2017

"A judicious, agile look at the limits of reason and modern liberalism."
A series of biographical vignettes captures a shared skepticism about the rewards of modernity. 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 >