Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE ART OF THE WASTED DAY by Patricia Hampl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"'Loneliness eats away at you,' writes the author. 'Solitude fills and fills you.' A captivating and revelatory memoir."
A writer's life is conveyed through "a lens of penetrating inquiry." Read full book review >
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A smart, droll essay collection that is all over the map but focused by Crosley's consistently sharp eye."
The latest collection from the Manhattan-based essayist suggests she can write engagingly about nearly anything. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"The rivers of mutual affection, admiration, and artistry form a powerful confluence in these deeply affecting exchanges."
A collection of revealing and moving letters, spanning nearly 40 years, between the celebrated playwright and his publisher and friend at New Directions. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS by Julia Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Bold and sassy, Pierpont and Thapp's 'little' collection of secular 'saints' stands tall: required reading for any seeking to broaden their historical knowledge."
From novelist Pierpont (Among the Ten Thousand Things, 2015) and British illustrator Thapp, an enticing collection of biographical portraits of extraordinary women. Read full book review >
RAYMOND CARVER'S <i>WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE</i> by Brian Evenson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2018

"A revelatory meditation on reading, writing, and editing."
A celebration of a favorite writer deepens into an unexpectedly complex and ambivalent response. Read full book review >

THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Bonnie J. Morris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Essential for students of women's rights and popular political movements in the modern era and an inspiration for future actions."
Richly illustrated, engagingly written history of second-wave feminism and successor movements from the 1960s to the present. Read full book review >
RANSOMING PAGAN BABIES by Warren Hinckle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2018

"Essential for students of journalism, particularly local and long-form, and a pleasure for anyone who values lively prose."
A much-needed, welcome gathering of work by the radical journalist and crusading editor. Read full book review >
FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Judiciously political, Smith wears her liberalism gracefully, though with qualifications. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons."
The author complements her celebrated fiction with an equally compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life. Read full book review >
GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE by Hope  Nicholson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 11, 2018

"A must-have for comic historians and those interested in gothic romances, romance comics, and LGBTQ interpretations of traditional forms—highly entertaining."
This anthology pays tribute to the gothic-romance style seen in comic books from their 1960s and ‘70s heyday, updating them in fresh ways. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"'I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat,' ' Bennett writes of his reputation for niceness. 'And did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' That may be debatable, but the good-naturedness in these engaging pages is proof of his current standing."
The third installment of diaries from the celebrated dramatist and author. 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 >