Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

LIGHT THE DARK by Joe  Fassler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Others lighting the literary dark in this luminous and appealing collection include Jane Smiley (Charles Dickens), Junot Díaz (Toni Morrison), Yiyun Li (Elizabeth Bowen), Neil Gaiman (R.A. Lafferty), and Michael Chabon (Jorge Luis Borges)."
In these short essays, writers discuss the works that made them want to write. Read full book review >
LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE by Jeffrey K.   Stine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the ecological bookshelf."
Original essays by leading scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists that address the related problems of unchecked population growth, scarcity of resources, climate change, and environmental pollution. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read full book review >
DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >
CHIP KIDD by Chip Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"As for his own work, it is also constantly changing, as reflected in this vibrant decadelong retrospective, but it has most certainly endured."
More than a decade after the first, the second volume of art and anecdotes from one of the foremost book-jacket designers in contemporary publishing. Read full book review >

ON RACE by George  Yancy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"The interviews need not be read in order because each can stand on its own."
Yancy (Philosophy/Emory Univ.; Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness, 2012, etc.) conducts interviews with fellow philosophy professors and other thinkers in order to illuminate reasons for enduring racial divides and perhaps arrive at constructive paths forward. Read full book review >
JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >
MIDLIFE by Kieran  Setiya
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A self-help book with a strong—but not heavy-handed—philosophical foundation."
A philosopher offers practical advice on how to navigate one's way through middle age and beyond. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION! by Pete Ayrton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Compelling, timely extracts to spur deeper exploration."
On its 100th anniversary, a collection of brief, pointed writings from eyewitnesses to the Bolshevik Revolution. Read full book review >
CIRCADIAN by Chelsey  Clammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An affecting memoir emerges from a dozen circuitous, digressive essays."
Unconventional essays offer intimate glimpses into a writer's heart and mind. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES by Francis Spufford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A bibliophagist snacks and dines, sharing with us some of the tastiest bits."
A longtime writer in a variety of genres presents a potpourri of pieces, arranged thematically, from the past few decades. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY by Edward O. Wilson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A concise, thoughtful exploration of how human understanding will be enhanced by 'a humanistic science and a scientific humanities.'"
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (Emeritus, Evolutionary Biology/Harvard Univ.; Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, 2016, etc.) offers a philosophical examination into "the mystery of why there are universal creative arts."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 >