Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

MY DARLING WINSTON by Winston Churchill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A great resource for gaining a further understanding of these two outsized characters and their era."
Lough (No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, 2015) has collected all available correspondence between Winston and his mother, Jennie Churchill, from his childhood until the end of her life. Read full book review >
THE FLAME by Leonard Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Cohen's fans will be delighted, and students of poetic and lyrical composition have much to learn here as well."
A gathering of late work by the poet, singer, and chronicler of life's more difficult moments. Read full book review >

FORMS OF ENCHANTMENT by Marina Warner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Fertile, probing responses to the transformative power of art."
An eminent scholar and critic collects her essays from 30 years of writing about art. Read full book review >
TODAY’S MOMENT OF HAPPINESS DESPITE THE NEWS by Kathie Giorgio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2018

"Journallike entries that sometimes deliver poignant moments."
In this collection of Facebook posts, a writer shares her daily moments of joy. Read full book review >
HIKING WITH NIETZSCHE by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A meditative work full of self-understanding that will resonate with anyone who has ever been drawn toward the void."
A philosopher's journey into the life, writings, and mountains of Nietzsche—and ultimately into himself. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN by Ben Fountain
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"For most readers, Fountain will offer fresh insights. While some readers may not agree with all of his conclusions, the author's masterful original phrasings make the book worthwhile, urgent, and timely."
Truth is stranger than fiction in these linked reported essays about the 2016 presidential campaign. Read full book review >
LIFE IN CULTURE by Lionel Trilling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Thin-skinned Trilling may have been, but this epistolary interior monologue shows the defensiveness of a restless and meticulous mind, wary of easy answers and labels and astute about matching the right word to the precise shade of thought."
A generous sampling of letters that displays the rich intellectual life of mid-20th-century America's leading critic as well as his staunchly even temperament and many second thoughts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A quick, readable, and often moving book—and a welcome contrast to the current dismal state of the White House."
A collection of inside stories from Barack Obama's White House. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Eric-Udorie calls to mind a young Audre Lorde, and her anthology feels like a 21st-century version of This Bridge Called My Back."
A collection that aims to turn feminism's gaze away from an agenda largely set by privileged white women. Read full book review >
AMERICAN LIKE ME by America Ferrera
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Heartfelt essays from vibrant American voices."
Writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds ring in on American identity. Read full book review >
LOOKING TO THE STARS FROM OLD ALGIERS by Jan  Risher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An astute, if idiosyncratically personal, archive of essays."
A collection of newspaper columns reflects on the joys of family and travel. Read full book review >
THE INCURABLE ROMANTIC by Frank Tallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Moving, at times disturbing, and revealing—like having a productive, revelatory discussion with a trusted friend."
A veteran clinical psychologist in the U.K. recounts some of his cases involving those tormented by Cupid, Eros, and all the other love gods who meddle in our affairs. 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 >