Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >

TRUE STORIES FROM AN UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS by Christine Lahti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A book that hopefully marks the beginning of a fruitful writing career."
A quirky book of personal essays by a successful Hollywood professional. Read full book review >
ON WAR AND WRITING by Samuel Hynes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2018

"A penetrating collection of pieces on war and how art responds to it."
Reflections on the personal accounts of combatants in an exploration of the literary responses to the great wars of the 20th century. Read full book review >
MORE THAN TRUE by Robert Bly
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 27, 2018

"Idiosyncratic readings by a generous, gifted writer who asks his readers to be open to a story's poetry, its 'light by which we may see life.'"
The celebrated poet offers a personal reading of fairy tales. Read full book review >

MAKER OF PATTERNS by Freeman Dyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A pleasure for science students and particularly of science humanely practiced."
An epistolary memoir from a leading postwar physicist and mathematician, taking in the era from the 1940s to the end of the 1970s. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS BROKEN UP AND DANCES by Edoardo Nesi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 27, 2018

"The result is an analysis that sings, though its melody turns increasingly sour."
Two Italians from different backgrounds offer call-and-response pieces on the post-millennial economic collapse. Read full book review >
PACKING MY LIBRARY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Vintage Manguel—a pleasure for his many readers and admirers."
The archbibliophile writes nostalgically of his "last library," the most recent of a succession of collections that have defined him over a lifetime. Read full book review >
HUNTING THE TRUTH by Beate Klarsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"With bravery and chutzpah, a husband and wife demonstrate that there's no moral compromise with history."
In a joint memoir, a pair of notable Nazi hunters review their half-century of disputing acceptance of mass murderers in decent society. Read full book review >
THE STREET PHILOSOPHY OF GARRY WINOGRAND by Geoff Dyer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 18, 2018

"Despite the sometimes puffed-up text, this is a necessary addition to any library of photography."
An illuminating portfolio of the work of photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), who died more than three decades ago but is being rediscovered. Read full book review >
THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 13, 2018

"Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude."
A noted physician and essayist collects pieces dealing with subjects ranging from immigration to Einstein to Alice James. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"The rivers of mutual affection, admiration, and artistry form a powerful confluence in these deeply affecting exchanges."
A collection of revealing and moving letters, spanning nearly 40 years, between the celebrated playwright and his publisher and friend at New Directions. 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 >