Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

EVERYBODY BUT YOU by Thia Sexton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A collection that's spirited and endearing in its best moments, but other pieces are unsatisfyingly aimless."
These short, memoiristic essays from debut author Sexton touch on her life in Los Angeles as a young actress and musician. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 2017

"Clio, the muse of history, smiles and nods her head on every page."
A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian and biographer. Read full book review >

WHEN YOU FIND OUT THE WORLD IS AGAINST YOU by Kelly Oxford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"As might be expected from her Twitter account, Oxford has a gift for snarky one-liners and self-effacing humor, but her stories are weakly structured and often drift to their ends without resolution."
The latest book of comic personal essays by Twitter sensation Oxford (Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, 2013) consists of verbal snapshots of embarrassing scenes from her childhood and later life. 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 >
THESE POSSIBLE LIVES by Fleur Jaeggy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 25, 2017

"Enjoy these short, meditative pieces slowly; Jaeggy is addictive."
Three sensuous minibiographies in light and shade. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Even those who only dimly remember Royce White, Pavement, or Gnarls Barkley will find the reflections on them engaging."
A collection of journalistic pieces that remain provocative, or at least interesting, even if the subjects that inspired them have faded from memory. Read full book review >
TYPEWRITERS, BOMBS, JELLYFISH by Tom McCarthy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative."
A debut collection of essays covering the scope of modern literature, along with a quiet plea for its violent overthrow. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 24, 2016

"A feel-good book of hope and wonder that will appeal most to readers who believe in divine intervention."
A generous collection of nonfiction medical stories from distinguished doctors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >