Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

RAYMOND CARVER'S <i>WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE</i> by Brian Evenson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2018

"A revelatory meditation on reading, writing, and editing."
A celebration of a favorite writer deepens into an unexpectedly complex and ambivalent response. Read full book review >
THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 13, 2018

"Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude."
A noted physician and essayist collects pieces dealing with subjects ranging from immigration to Einstein to Alice James. Read full book review >

MORE THAN TRUE by Robert Bly
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 27, 2018

"Idiosyncratic readings by a generous, gifted writer who asks his readers to be open to a story's poetry, its 'light by which we may see life.'"
The celebrated poet offers a personal reading of fairy tales. Read full book review >
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! by Beverly Bond
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An inspiring collection."
An entrepreneur and two-time NAACP Image Award winner profiles successful black women from across the globe working in all fields of endeavor. Read full book review >
CAN IT HAPPEN HERE? by Cass R. Sunstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2018

"Cautionary pieces well-informed by history, legal theory, and patriotism, all bubbling in a cauldron of anxiety."
A renowned legal scholar assembles a dream team of other legal authorities and cultural and political analysists to ponder the title, substance, and current relevance of It Can't Happen Here (1935), Sinclair Lewis' provocative novel about the rise of fascism in America. Read full book review >

NINE IRISH LIVES by Mark Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Nine other writers might well have selected nine different subjects, which serves as a tribute to the indomitable Irish character and the transformational possibilities of America. This is a perfect St. Patrick's Day anthology for the Irish book lover on your gift list."
Essays on "nine Irish men and women [who] not only became American but also helped make America great." Read full book review >
I'VE BEEN THINKING... by Maria Shriver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A heartfelt but unexceptional book."
An award-winning television journalist muses on how to successfully negotiate the challenges of living in the modern world. Read full book review >
THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Entertaining if sometimes mean-spirited and full of valuable lessons in how—and sometimes how not—to run a magazine."
Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan, and other newsy icons come in for critical assessment by a sharp-tongued London transplant who remade two leading magazines. Read full book review >
TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD by Tommie Shelby
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"This is not a quick or easy book. It will take a great deal of thought, rereading, and reflection, but it will make readers stronger and more attuned to social issues. A good choice for any course on King and the civil rights movement."
A collection of thought-provoking essays on the different dimensions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s thought. Read full book review >
FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Judiciously political, Smith wears her liberalism gracefully, though with qualifications. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons."
The author complements her celebrated fiction with an equally compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life. Read full book review >
RANSOMING PAGAN BABIES by Warren Hinckle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2018

"Essential for students of journalism, particularly local and long-form, and a pleasure for anyone who values lively prose."
A much-needed, welcome gathering of work by the radical journalist and crusading editor. Read full book review >
SABERS AND UTOPIAS by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Insightful essays express guarded hope for Latin America's future."
Essays on Latin American politics reflect 5 tumultuous decades. 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 >