Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

FRANTUMAGLIA by Elena Ferrante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Not a good entrance point for readers unfamiliar with the author's work, but devotees will surely pore over the bits and pieces in an effort to arrive one step closer at understanding the phenomenon that is Ferrante fever."
An assemblage of correspondence and interviews provides Ferrante-curious readers with a look into the mind and methods of the reclusive author. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"More theoretical than practical but vital for educators and particularly valuable for those entering the profession."
A debut book elaborates on the fundamental ideas at play in the growing field of multicultural education, specifically at the college level. Read full book review >

DE FACTO FEMINISM by Judy Juanita
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"The author refers to herself as 'an observational ironist,' and her incisive comments on black life's contradictions make this essay collection a winner."
This extraordinary set of autobiographical essays gives insight into a black woman's life in the arts: everything from joining the Black Panthers to avoiding African-American chick lit. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK by Julie Scelfo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An eclectic assortment of women make for an entertaining read."
An exuberant celebration of more than 100 women who shaped the myths and realities of New York City. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >

A LOWCOUNTRY HEART by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pleasant last words from a highly regarded author who loved his life."
A collection of blog entries by the late, beloved novelist, along with a miscellany of speeches, interviews, and writings by and about him. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"If DeWees' goal is to encourage 'a bookshelf full of new titles,' she succeeds in planting the seed that there are many treasures out there waiting for a second chance."
Debut author DeWees brings back to life seven Victorian women writers with the hope of proving them worthy of shelf space alongside Austen and the Brontës. Read full book review >
<i>VANITY FAIR</i>'S WRITERS ON WRITERS by Graydon Carter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"You'll be forgiven for thinking that a place in national politics or pro hockey would be a more restful and attainable aspiration, but this collection is essential to anyone thinking of taking up the writer's trade."
A coked-up Capote, a torn-apart Tartt, a bellowing Bellow: longtime Vanity Fair editor Carter assembles shimmering pieces on the literary life. Read full book review >
THE AFRICAN SVELTE by Daniel Menaker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An up-and-down yet mostly amusing collection. Many readers will skim the short analyses while enjoying the examples and illustrations."
Common expressions gain richness of meaning through mistakes in word usage. Read full book review >
THRILL ME by Benjamin Percy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Would-be writers will find Percy's passionate, pragmatic cheerleading inspiring and energizing."
An accomplished writer comes to the defense of genre. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS ON THE TRUE SHAKESPEARE by Gary Goldstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An unstuffy, stylistically refreshing Shakespeare study."
An erudite, persuasive debut study that makes a valuable contribution to the longtime debate over who authored William Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >
LOVE, H by Hettie Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"A fertile trove that needs a stronger framework."
Letters revealing the enduring friendship of two "beat chicks." 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 >