Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man."
Raw glimpses of the humorist's personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 30, 2017

"Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict."
On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine, top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. Read full book review >

THE DESCENT OF MAN by Grayson  Perry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 30, 2017

"A gender-studies primer that translates academic jargon into conversational argument."
It's a man's world, and we're all the worse for it, according to this concise survey of gender issues and challenges. Read full book review >
WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE. by Samantha Irby
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 30, 2017

"Personal embarrassment provides plenty of material for in-print or online entertainment."
A blogger (Bitches Gotta Eat) has to laugh to keep from crying—or maybe killing somebody—in this collection of essays from the black, full-figured female perspective. Read full book review >
MAKING SENSE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Both a swift introduction for grammar rookies and an enlightening review and update for the veterans."
A celebrated historian of the English language takes us on an entertaining stroll through the history of our grammar—from the beginning to last week. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 6, 2017

"An illuminating collection of film criticism that is like a critical history of rock as exemplified by garage bands and one-hit wonders."
Critical perception is laced with love in this appreciation of the B-movies and exploitation flicks of the 1970s, which remain "the third—and, to date, last—great period in American movies." Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
WOULD EVERYBODY PLEASE STOP? by Jenny  Allen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 6, 2017

"These essays will resonate most strongly with women of a certain age and economic status."
Would an Erma Bombeck of the 21st century have subscribed to the New Yorker? If so, she might have written, or at least identified with, this debut essay collection by a writer who has appeared in that magazine and elsewhere but whose topics have resonance beyond the metropolitan parochial. Read full book review >
AWAY WITH WORDS by Joe Berkowitz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 13, 2017

"Lighthearted and occasionally witty."
A merry look at competitive wordplay. Read full book review >
NIGHT THOUGHTS by Wallace Shawn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 13, 2017

"Not an optimistic picture but perceptive and forcefully argued."
The acclaimed actor and playwright offers a brief, disturbing meditation on the "story of civilization." 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 >