Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

MORE SNAPSHOTS?  by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2018

"Spirited stories about appreciating life's vagaries."
This follow-up volume of 13 autobiographical essays depicts a life "on destiny's merry-go-round," alternating witty anecdotes of good luck and bad. 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 >

FORMS OF ENCHANTMENT by Marina Warner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Fertile, probing responses to the transformative power of art."
An eminent scholar and critic collects her essays from 30 years of writing about art. Read full book review >
VIOLENCE by Brad Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A provocative volume that challenges humanity to correct its runaway course toward an increasingly violent future by learning from its violent past."
Notable contemporary thinkers and creators give their individual perspectives in this compelling look at violence. Read full book review >
WHAT IF THIS WERE ENOUGH? by Heather Havrilesky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A fun, often insightful read for digital fatalists."
A New York magazine columnist examines our current culture, which "exerts a constant pressure on us that severs our relationship to ourselves and each other." 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 >
MY OWN DEVICES by Dessa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An above-average memoir that itself serves as the musician's next career chapter."
A rapper shows that her facility with language and revelation extends beyond music. Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM MAX by Sarah Ruhl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A captivating celebration of life and love."
A Yale professor and her playwriting student forge an extraordinary friendship. Read full book review >
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS by Brian Phillips
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Smooth and smart relief for the screen-weary."
Long-form narratives both diverting and engaging. Read full book review >
ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Michael Katakis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fine essay by Susan Spanier and a cleareyed post-mortem on Hemingway written by John Steinbeck in 1961 are highlights of a book that should have managed more resonance."
A worshipful homage to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). 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 >
STEALING by Michelle  Cacho-Negrete
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2017

"A pointed, energetic collection of personal essays."
Debut author Cacho-Negrete identifies the trends in American life that shaped her in this debut collection of personal essays. 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 >