Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014 by Scott McCloud
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The spirit of discovery makes this a good launching point for readers interested in the genre's variety and limitless possibility."
The latest annual roundup is more ambitious and conceptually audacious than is usual for any Best American series. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2014 by John Jeremiah Sullivan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Good reading on a variety of topics by an observant band of essayists."
The current iteration in the venerable franchise, edited this year by essayist Sullivan (Pulphead, 2011, etc.), who contributes a thoughtful introduction on the art of the essay since it was defined by Montaigne.Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
101 TWO-LETTER WORDS by Stephin Merritt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Any reader's vocabulary is likely to grow after reading Merritt's quirky wordplay, but edification is not the point; fun is, and Merritt and Chast deliver just that."
From "aa" to "zz," a compendium of curious words. Read full book review >

I Am Citizen of The Earth Country by Emad Jafaripour
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 5, 2014

"An idealistic, if messy, guide to being a better citizen of Earth."
Jafaripour encourages readers to think like citizens of the world in this debut collection of micro-essays. Read full book review >
Disappearing Act by Tom Soter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 4, 2014

"A volume offers entertaining essays about New Yorkers, perfect for passing time on an uptown subway ride."
In his second collection of personal essays, Soter (Overheard on a Bus, 2014, etc.) explores topics ranging from Alzheimer's to improvisational comedy. Read full book review >
IMPOLITE CONVERSATIONS by Cora Daniels
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Lively discussion, occasionally sloppy prose and refreshing candor from two keen observers."
Two accomplished black professionals alternate outspoken, provocative views that revolve around race relations in America. Read full book review >
Lift Ev'ry Voice by Lillian M. Whitlow
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"A well-meaning, thoroughly researched, but ultimately redundant historical survey."
An anthology of notable African-American figures throughout history. Read full book review >
THE GETAWAY CAR by Donald E. Westlake
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2014

"Westlake kept a list of possible book titles, the last of which was Read Me. It would have been just the right one for this bright, witty book."
Assorted selections from a beloved crime writer. Read full book review >
HYENA by Jude Angelini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A grating collection from a poor-man's Howard Stern."
An explicit collection of stories from the host of The All Out Show on Sirius. Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. 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 >