Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE GLOBAL NOVEL by Adam Kirsch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"An insightful addition to the Columbia Global Reports roster."
A critical appreciation of "world literature," highlighting works that combine specifics of locality with global reach. Read full book review >
GUESSWORK by Martha Cooley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"A quiet memoir with emotional power that is subtle, artful, and piercing."
The author of the honored novel The Archivist (1998) returns with a sometimes-wrenching memoir-in-essays about love and loss. Read full book review >

A MAN'S WORLD by Steve Oney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although every piece focuses on men, the variation of subjects and the different writing styles combine in a journalism anthology more satisfying than most."
Veteran journalist Oney (And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank, 2003, etc.) pulls together 20 magazine features from three decades of his career. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Edward McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A lively, enlightening, and occasionally disturbing book that envisions the future as already broken."
Off to look for America. Read full book review >
ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uneven introduction to an iconoclast whose voice will likely resonate with a specific generation."
A debut collection of essays by a BuzzFeed Canada senior writer. Read full book review >

YOU DON'T LOOK YOUR AGE by Sheila  Nevins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"As in many collections, some of the pieces are disposable, but the best ones are honest, opinionated, and spirited."
A miscellany of musings about aging, love, work, and wisdom. Read full book review >
JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"Encouraging, honest information and real-life cases that show the role food can play in healing the body."
Can eating the right food play a major role in healing medical problems? Read full book review >
SALLIES, ROMPS, PORTRAITS, AND SEND-OFFS by August Kleinzahler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Tasty literary assessments served with a dollop of gossip."
A noted poet opines on other writers. Read full book review >
ALIENS by Jim al-Khalili
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves."
In a series of 20 essays detailing cutting-edge scientific data and theories, renowned researchers expound on the possibility—or probability?—of extraterrestrial intelligence. Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND KISSES FOR BREAKFAST by Matteo   Bussola
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Charming, 'near-daily snapshots' of fatherhood."
An Italian father reflects on raising three daughters. 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 >