Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Solid material for Vanity Fair readers, fans of investigative journalism, and observers of higher education and its myriad problems."
A collection of in-depth journalism previously published in Vanity Fair, each piece exposing trouble at an elite university or prep school. Read full book review >
LUCK FAVORS THE PREPARED by Nathaniel Barber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"Former band geeks may recognize themselves in some of Barber's high school memories, but more universal moments are rare."
Dry humor and rotten luck abound in this collection of short personal essays. Read full book review >

DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF <i>THE LITTLE PRINCE</i> by Pierre  Lassus
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Despite the heavy-handed religious reading of the book and some proselytizing, many will enjoy learning about Saint-Exupéry and his life and how he came to write such a beloved book."
The story behind one of the world's most popular books. Read full book review >
SCIENCE IN THE SOUL by Richard Dawkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"For Dawkins fans, a must-have collection of scattered speeches and writings; for foes, more grist for the mill."
Combative, contrarian scientist Dawkins (Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, 2015, etc.) gathers work from across a range of scholarly and secular interests. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENVIRONMENTALIST AND OTHER ESSAYS by Paul Kingsnorth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"On the whole, a hard-hitting collection that shows why we need new stories to revise our perceptions of civilization, progress, and nature."
A fervent plea to respond creatively and personally to environmental destruction. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Earnest and often revealing, this collection nevertheless has an uncertain audience. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-adult)"
The subtitle will have librarians, teachers, and reading specialists reaching for this book. Read full book review >
MODERN ETHICS IN 77 ARGUMENTS by Peter Catapano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An accessible volume of thoughtful, concise contributions."
Guns, race, and human rights are among the varied ethical issues tackled in a wide-ranging collection. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF CLASSIC CRIME IN 100 BOOKS by Martin Edwards
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Even the most quarrelsome readers, their blood pressures duly raised, will take comfort in comprehensive indexes that list titles and authors that didn't make the top 100."
An "unashamedly idiosyncratic" checklist from prolific novelist/editor/genre historian Edwards (The Dungeon House, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE by Megan  Stielstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"In a style that is literary but never pedantic, Stielstra has crafted a collection that has such a sense of continuity that it could pass as a memoir."
Perhaps not lifesaving, but a life-enriching collection of essays by a conscientious writer and teacher who knows that asking the right questions is more important than having all the answers. Read full book review >
BITCH DOCTRINE by Laurie Penny
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Polemical writing at its thoughtful best."
A noted British feminist writer tackles gender, sexism, identity, and power issues in a world being laid waste by "kamikaze capitalism." Read full book review >
THESE POSSIBLE LIVES by Fleur Jaeggy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 25, 2017

"Enjoy these short, meditative pieces slowly; Jaeggy is addictive."
Three sensuous minibiographies in light and shade. Read full book review >
THE DOG'S LAST WALK by Howard Jacobson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delightful and argute collection from a talented stylist."
A collection of mini-essays from one of England's finest writers. 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 >