Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

UNUSUAL ESSAYS OF AN UNKNOWN SRI VAISHNAVA by M.K. Sudarshan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"A sometimes-dense but often enlightening dive into Sri Vaishnavism."
A book of personal essays on subjects related to a particular Hindu sect. Read full book review >
WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA? by Stephanie Feldman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 27, 2018

"A heartfelt and thoughtful collection."
Feldman (The Angel of Losses, 2014) and Popkin (Everything Is Borrowed, 2018, etc.) gather a medley of diverse voices to reflect on politics, society, and culture in contemporary America. Read full book review >

IDIOPHONE by Amy Fusselman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"A curious and lyrical study that touches on many important ideas, but often only glancingly."
A recursive prose-poem contemplating addiction, dance, and the need for pathbreaking art. Read full book review >
ON TRUTH by Simon Blackburn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 2, 2018

"A slim volume that offers as much clarity on the topic as one could expect from the often opaque world of philosophy."
A pragmatic primer on a contentious topic. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A pleasure for the fiscally minded and a good introduction to applied economics for readers with a smattering of theory."
Invisible hand, meet trickle-down: a lightly learned but deep-reaching look at classic economic problems through the lens of classical economics. Read full book review >

CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS? by Ashleigh Young
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"Young has said that her essays emerge from feelings of awkwardness about herself and her place in the world, but with this collection and those to follow, the world of this promising New Zealander is about to become wider."
A debut collection of essays from Young (Creative Writing/Victoria Univ. of Wellington; Magnificent Moon, 2013), a poet and editor with Victoria University Press in New Zealand. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
THE STREET PHILOSOPHY OF GARRY WINOGRAND by Geoff Dyer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 18, 2018

"Despite the sometimes puffed-up text, this is a necessary addition to any library of photography."
An illuminating portfolio of the work of photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), who died more than three decades ago but is being rediscovered. Read full book review >
TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A simultaneously bewildering and compelling body of work."
An eerie and uncanny collection of essays. Read full book review >
RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION by Thomas Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 19, 2018

"Flaws aside, the book is worth perusing, primarily for its keen analysis of why the Democrats have come up short in recent election cycles. The party's powers that be would be wise to read up."
A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture. Read full book review >
PUNCHING NAZIS by Keith Lowell Jensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2018

"Neither a nuanced political analysis nor a typical comedian's laughfest."
Give fists a chance. 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 >