Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON by Kate Bowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An inspiring story of finding faith—in God, in family, and in oneself—while walking close to the Valley of the Shadow of Death."
A touching tale of battling cancer set against the backdrop of the prosperity gospel. Read full book review >
UP UP, DOWN DOWN by Cheston Knapp
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A writer's up-and-down search for profundity in the insecure and unrefined corners of his life."
Tin House managing editor Knapp debuts with a collection of essays that attempt to balance highbrow and lowbrow elements. Read full book review >

I WROTE THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU by Tim Kreider
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An artful example of how the deeply personal can also be the broadly general."
A noted cartoonist and essayist returns with another collection of profoundly personal essays. Read full book review >
FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Judiciously political, Smith wears her liberalism gracefully, though with qualifications. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons."
The author complements her celebrated fiction with an equally compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life. Read full book review >
SABERS AND UTOPIAS by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Insightful essays express guarded hope for Latin America's future."
Essays on Latin American politics reflect 5 tumultuous decades. Read full book review >

THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS by Slavoj Žižek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Resolutely atheist' and a 'skeptical pessimist,' iek does his best to leave no sacred cow ungored."
From the provocative to the outrageous to the impenetrable, the latest from the Slovenian gadfly finds a curious sort of hope in a hopeless situation. Read full book review >
ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING by Deborah Santana
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope."
Essays by women of color offer intimate, candid reflections on their lives. Read full book review >
BLACK INK by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Revelatory, often moving essays by impressive writers."
Writers testify to the significance of reading and writing in their lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"At its best, the book reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman."
In the provocative essays collected in her first book, Jerkins meditates on how it feels to be a black woman in the United States today. Read full book review >
TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE by Rob Riemen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology."
Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. Read full book review >
GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE by Hope  Nicholson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 11, 2018

"A must-have for comic historians and those interested in gothic romances, romance comics, and LGBTQ interpretations of traditional forms—highly entertaining."
This anthology pays tribute to the gothic-romance style seen in comic books from their 1960s and ‘70s heyday, updating them in fresh ways. Read full book review >
VOICES, PLACES by David Mason
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Attached to the notion that all places are stories and all stories places, Mason, at his best, draws an illuminating literary cartography with many fascinating ports of call."
A combination of penetrating considerations of renowned and out-of-fashion poets and keen appreciations of the interplay of landscape and culture. 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 >