Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

THE HARM IN ASKING by Sara Barron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 25, 2014

"Colorful but flippant. Hopefully, Barron will expand her range in her next collection."
In her second collection of humorous personal essays (People Are Unappealing, 2009), Barron continues to unpack the minutiae of her life. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by USC Shoah Foundation
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 24, 2014

"An informative coffee table book for film buffs and those interested in Jewish history."
The story behind the making of Schindler's List and the development of a foundation dedicated to sharing Holocaust testimonies. Read full book review >

SPEAKING OF ETHICS by Joseph Chuman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 20, 2014

"Critical reading not only for those who want to improve the world, but also for those who think we shouldn't bother."
This collection of essays, taken from talks given by the author to Ethical Culture audiences over a 35-year span, explores the philosophy and history of ethics. Read full book review >
CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND OTHER DANGEROUS IDEAS by Cass R. Sunstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 18, 2014

"Sunstein seemingly never runs out of ideas. Many of them are solid, some of them are debatable and a few are even provocative, but calling them 'dangerous' says more about the bankrupt state of our current civic dialogue than it does about the author and his ideas."
Supposedly controversial essays from an allegedly dangerous man. Read full book review >
THE HARD WAY ON PURPOSE by David Giffels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"These seasoned dispatches convey an important narrative of regional marginalization; Giffels' work deserves to avoid that fate."
Appealing, original fusion of personal essay collection and Rust Belt post-mortem. Read full book review >

SOMETHING THERE IS by David Sayre
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 18, 2014

"Thoughtful, elegantly written essays for philosophical ponderers."
In this well-written collection of essays styled as letters to his children and grandchildren, an engineer, businessman and father makes his case for "a rational faith." Read full book review >
REVERTIGO by Floyd Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"At the age of 66, the author finds connections among these pieces that are stronger than those readers might discover."
A wide-ranging collection of literary essays in the guise of a memoir. Read full book review >
491 DAYS by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2014

"Taken together, these documents afford a chilling perspective on the Mandelas' personal and political struggles."
Journals and letters reveal a stark picture of brutality and injustice. Read full book review >
Puddles from a Drooling Mind by Denis Joseph Stemmle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2014

"A wide-ranging, ultimately quite charming personal manifesto of faith, humor and inquiry."
A series of personal reflections on the nature of faith in the modern world. Read full book review >
RANDOM NOTES ON PARADISE by John D Vernon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2014

"An occasionally insightful but extremely uneven exposition of inner serenity."
A collection of sayings and observations on the nature of peace and paradise as both a destination and a state of mind. Read full book review >
THIS IS WHERE WE CAME IN by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Although some pieces are slight, on the whole, reading Schwartz is like a pleasurable visit with a thoughtful and articulate friend."
A literary New Yorker shares her memories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mishmash, but even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity."
Another wide-ranging collection of funny essays about parenting—and "grammar, sex, camels, women, brain surgery, sex with women, how to become a professional author, airlines, Justin Bieber and death"—by best-selling humorist Barry (Insane City, 2013, etc.). 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 >