Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

TIGER, MEET MY SISTER… by Rick Reilly
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2014

"In book form, Reilly's columns are an avalanche of small stones, hitting readers with trite observations and stale one-liners."
An acclaimed sportswriter presents a litany of gripes. Read full book review >
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU by Christopher Buckley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"Prone to benign mischief, a literary twinkle in the eye, Buckley nails his targets more often than not yet likewise has fun with unexpected asides, like the 'excruciatingly chaste' plays of the otherwise notorious Marquis de Sade."
Buckley (They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, 2012, etc.) offers stylishness and nimble wordplay in this latest collection of (generally) lightweight ruminations on contemporary culture and its foibles. Read full book review >

THE 40s by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"An absolute treat. Hopefully, the New Yorker will continue to publish such anthologies on other decades."
Make room on the bookshelf. The New Yorker's look at 1940s history, culture, literature and civilization is a book to be read, reread and savored. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"This collection could be subtitled 'Profiles in Perseverance': These fathers have fought the battles, and we lucky readers receive this collection of wry, moving stories."
Nearly two dozen male writers contribute essays on the trials, tribulations and pleasures of being a father. Read full book review >
Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God by A Band of Women
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 3, 2014

"Though repetitive or clichéd in places, this collection's standouts far outweigh its missteps."
Nelson and Batey curate superior snippets of women's creative nonfiction. Read full book review >

THE KEILLOR READER by Garrison Keillor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Keillor's moments of contemplation have produced some of the finest essays in this lovely collection."
Melancholy and joy infuse Keillor's (O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, 2013, etc.) latest collection. Read full book review >
THE ONLY SOUNDS WE MAKE by Lee Zacharias
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Zacharias shows a keen eye for detail (she's also a photographer), a strong sense of place, and an ambivalent, unsentimental examination of blood ties and family legacy."
A novelist and professor's essay collection that almost coalesces into a memoir. Read full book review >
THE BRIDESMAIDS by Eimear Lynch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"An intimate oral history of the silly, funny and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience."
Vignettes from modern bridesmaids. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL by David McCullough Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Neither sage nor curmudgeon, McCullough is a thoughtful pre-Socratic without a schadenfreude-soaked bone in his body."
The cult of exceptionalism, like celebrity worship, is draining us of our humanity and joy, suggests high school teacher McCullough, whose expertise comes from having nearly three decades of teaching experience and four children of his own. Read full book review >
MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sharp narratives that illuminate and challenge the status quo of women's roles in the world. Slim in scope, but yet another good book by Solnit."
Acclaimed author and Harper's contributing editor Solnit (The Faraway Nearby, 2013, etc.) expounds on the way women are perceived in American culture and around the world. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"A strikingly insightful gem."
Proverbs for modernity. Read full book review >
SUNDAYS AT EIGHT by Brian Lamb
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"These richly detailed and forthright interviews offer unique perspectives on the inspirations and creativity of writers."
Notable writers talk candidly about their lives and work. 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 >