Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

RAYMOND CARVER'S <i>WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE</i> by Brian Evenson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2018

"A revelatory meditation on reading, writing, and editing."
A celebration of a favorite writer deepens into an unexpectedly complex and ambivalent response. Read full book review >
MY EXAGGERATED LIFE by Katherine Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"The occasional outburst of adult themes notwithstanding, this makes good reading not just for Conroy's fans, but also teenagers seeking a literary path out of the confusion as well as grown-ups reckoning with their own lives."
In which the beloved American novelist Conroy (1945-2016) speaks from beyond the grave, sometimes in the saltiest of language. Read full book review >

WHEN HISTORY IS PERSONAL by Mimi Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"Expressive, intimate snapshots of one woman's life set atop the backdrop of global history."
Historical events and personal family stories entwined in essays. Read full book review >
IN PRAISE OF DIFFICULT WOMEN by Karen Karbo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Inspiring reading about women who have shown 'that it's all right to occupy our humanity.'"
Karbo (Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, 2013, etc.) sketches the lives of 29 extraordinary women. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME PRINCESS by Peggy Orenstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A sharp, timely collection of essays."
A feminist journalist gathers some of her most influential pieces. Read full book review >

THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Bonnie J. Morris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Essential for students of women's rights and popular political movements in the modern era and an inspiration for future actions."
Richly illustrated, engagingly written history of second-wave feminism and successor movements from the 1960s to the present. Read full book review >
I'VE BEEN THINKING... by Maria Shriver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A heartfelt but unexceptional book."
An award-winning television journalist muses on how to successfully negotiate the challenges of living in the modern world. Read full book review >
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! by Beverly Bond
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An inspiring collection."
An entrepreneur and two-time NAACP Image Award winner profiles successful black women from across the globe working in all fields of endeavor. Read full book review >
WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Sharp, elegant cultural analysis."
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novels, Robinson (The Givenness of Things: Essays, 2015, etc.) gathers trenchant essays about faith, values, and history, most delivered as lectures at religious institutions and universities from 2015 to 2017. Read full book review >
ESSAYS ON WORLD LITERATURE by Ismail Kadare
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A loose but informed and passionate study of why classic authors endure."
The Albanian author and perennial Nobel Prize candidate considers the roots and long influence of Aeschylus, Dante, and Shakespeare, especially in his homeland. Read full book review >
TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD by Tommie Shelby
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"This is not a quick or easy book. It will take a great deal of thought, rereading, and reflection, but it will make readers stronger and more attuned to social issues. A good choice for any course on King and the civil rights movement."
A collection of thought-provoking essays on the different dimensions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s thought. Read full book review >
NINE IRISH LIVES by Mark Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Nine other writers might well have selected nine different subjects, which serves as a tribute to the indomitable Irish character and the transformational possibilities of America. This is a perfect St. Patrick's Day anthology for the Irish book lover on your gift list."
Essays on "nine Irish men and women [who] not only became American but also helped make America great." 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 >