Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

DEAD GIRLS by Alice Bolin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 26, 2018

"An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives."
In this engrossing debut collection of essays, Bolin (Creative Nonfiction/Univ. of Memphis) looks at two things: America's cultural obsession with dead girls in works of literature and on TV and Los Angeles from the perspective of both a newcomer and a veteran. Read full book review >
WHAT TO READ AND WHY by Francine Prose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"As Prose implores: 'Drop everything. Start reading. Now.'"
An unabashed fan of reading recommends some of her favorite books. Read full book review >

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A valuable contribution to our understanding of one of history's most vital figures."
An epistolary memoir of Nelson Mandela's prison years. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A GODDESS by Guy Branum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2018

"Wickedly smart, funny, and witty."
A gay stand-up comedian considers his life through personal essays that also ruminate on problems and paradoxes of modern American culture. Read full book review >
MAEVE IN AMERICA by Maeve Higgins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A warmly intelligent and insightful collection."
An Irish comic and writer gathers essays about her experiences living and working in the United States. Read full book review >

ESSENTIAL ESSAYS by Adrienne Rich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Approachable, effective excerpts afford breathtaking encounters with genius.
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An anthology of the acclaimed poet and essayist's most searing prose. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lively model of modern folklore and a must for fans of the original series."
A welcome rekindling of the Foxfire franchise of books on Southern folkways. Read full book review >
GROSS ANATOMY by Mara Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A simultaneously funny and informative memoir about the wonder of the human body."
A journalist/author explores the whys and hows of the female body as she confronts the "volatile and apprehensive relationship" she has with her own body parts. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF KING SAUL by Jerome Charyn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A very personal view of the past artfully brought to vivid life."
Now entering his ninth decade, a prolific adventurer in fiction and nonfiction offers an amalgam of some of his favorite topics in 10 lively essays dating from 1978 through 2005. Read full book review >
HOW DO WE LOOK by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2018

"Yet another triumph for Beard: a joy to read, too short for certain, packed with lessons quickly absorbed."
The renowned classicist delivers another tantalizing morsel of analysis, this time on "art, and our reactions to it, over thousands of years and across thousands of miles." Read full book review >
HE HELD RADICAL LIGHT by Christian Wiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"'It is hard learning to live ‘one hour higher than the torments,' ' Wiman writes, quoting Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer. This moving book explores not only those torments, but also the understanding that art can provide."
The link between art and faith, as seen by a noted poet. Read full book review >
PERMANENT EXHIBIT by Matthew Vollmer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Captivating journeys with a playful, winsome guide."
Endearingly tender essays reveal the quirky flights of a curious mind. 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 >