Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

WISDOMS TO LIVE BY by David Tanner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2014

"An often amusing collection of linguistic anecdotes, and a light, informative read."
Tanner's (Igniting Innovation through the Power of Creative Thinking, 2008, etc.) latest book provides detailed histories and poignant behavioral applications of dozens of proverbs. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"If Florida is the poster child for a nation's fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state's galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy."
Miami Herald columnist and best-selling novelist Hiaasen (Bad Monkey, 2013, etc.) wages a relentless war of words against those who would despoil his home state and cheapen a nation: the greedy, the corrupt and the stupid. Read full book review >

HAM by Sam Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Entertaining and occasionally moving tales from the wilds of showbiz."
One of America's first reality stars taps his way through five decades of life on stage filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Read full book review >
WHY I READ by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A gift of pleasure from one reader to another."
A lover of books reflects on her abiding passion. Read full book review >
THE BABY BOOM by P.J. O’Rourke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"'Our genius is being funny,' writes the author of his generation, but such genius is in short supply here."
What should have been easy picking for the satirist isn't nearly as funny or perceptive as his best work. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"While there have been numerous good works chronicling the revolution, this adds an emotional, personal layer to the myriad voices."
The Arab Revolution rendered in intimate vignettes from the young people organizing, demonstrating and suffering for their yearning for freedom. Read full book review >
High Impact Ideas For Your Life by Carl F. Hicks Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A well-organized, concise and positive book about achieving desired outcomes."
In this debut collection of short essays, Hicks presents ideas for focusing on goals. Read full book review >
WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Steven H. Bell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 25, 2013

"An advice book that astutely recognizes that what benefits one partner ultimately benefits both."
A sometimes-humorous, biblically grounded guide for husbands seeking to enrich their marriages. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"A convincing argument for well-child care in early childhood."
A collection of articles edited by Pittard (Pediatrics/Univ. of South Carolina) makes the case for a standardized set of well-child visits in infancy and the preschool years. Read full book review >
NAKED DETERMINATION by Gisela Hausmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"A unique life well-lived, but the telling isn't quite ready for prime time."
Vienna-born Hausmann has loved, lost and traveled—and she describes 41 short lessons she's learned along the way. Read full book review >
ENCOUNTERS WITH AUTHORS by Dale Andrew White
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"An eclectic collection that illuminates the writing processes but too often feels incomplete."
Headlined by discussions with Lonesome Dove (1985) author Larry McMurtry and Watership Down (1972) writer Richard Adams, White's (A Florida Anthology, 2013, etc.) selection of stories contains intimate sit-downs with authors from a wide range of genres. Read full book review >
MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS by Donna Leon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An uneven collection showing Leon to be a cranky, though sometimes witty and insightful, critic of her times."
An American mystery writer reveals a new character: herself. 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 >