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 >

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 >

BLIND SPOT by Teju Cole
by Teju Cole, photographed by Teju Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey."
Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN MACHINERY by Margot Livesey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 4, 2017

"Would-be writers will find this both useful and inspiring, while general readers can simply enjoy Livesey's keen insights and engaging prose."
From the noted creative writing teacher and novelist, a smart, unpretentious guide to "writing the life, shaping the novel." Read full book review >
POLICING THE BLACK MAN by Angela J.  Davis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males. Read full book review >
A TWENTY MINUTE SILENCE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE by Shawn  Wen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch."
A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau (1923-2007). Read full book review >
THE ART OF DEATH by Edwidge Danticat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"Danticat takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion."
A guide to writing—and reading—about death. Read full book review >
THE DOG'S LAST WALK by Howard Jacobson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delightful and argute collection from a talented stylist."
A collection of mini-essays from one of England's finest writers. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation."
Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008. 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 >