Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD by Isaac Butler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A chorus of candid, emotional, and often moving testimonies."
An oral history traces the life of an iconic American play. 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 >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Literate, perspicacious, and thoroughly entertaining."
A sharp, witty collection from the prolific writer of fiction, memoir, and acerbic essays. Read full book review >
THE LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Tom Sleigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist."
A distinguished poet details his experiences reporting from war zones and refugee camps and grappling with the limits of language. Read full book review >
I WROTE THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU by Tim Kreider
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An artful example of how the deeply personal can also be the broadly general."
A noted cartoonist and essayist returns with another collection of profoundly personal essays. 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 >
BLACK INK by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Revelatory, often moving essays by impressive writers."
Writers testify to the significance of reading and writing in their lives. 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 >
LATE ESSAYS by J.M. Coetzee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Thought-provoking essays that offer more than mere opinion, as the author plumbs the writers' philosophical and psychological depths."
Nobel and Booker Prize winner Coetzee (The Schooldays of Jesus, 2017, etc.) offers another collection of reflective and erudite essays on a variety of poets and novelists. Read full book review >
NO TIME TO SPARE by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Thoughtful musings from a deft and sharply insightful writer."
Spirited, wry reflections on aging, literature, and America's moral life. 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 >
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 >