Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"This enjoyable book comes alive with descriptions of everything from a giant earthworm to tantalizing soup dumplings."
A writer continues her search for the offbeat in food and nature. Read full book review >
LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE by Jeffrey K.   Stine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the ecological bookshelf."
Original essays by leading scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists that address the related problems of unchecked population growth, scarcity of resources, climate change, and environmental pollution. Read full book review >

ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE by Lynn Freed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"This is travel literature as memoir, drolly covering the scope of a restless creative life."
An offbeat world tour with a not-quite-innocent abroad. Read full book review >
JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >
WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE by James Elkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Some of his points invite argument, but Elkins' knowing commentary helps the reader interpret the art. A fine addition to the odd-book shelf."
A mystery manuscript comes out for airing; wordless save for the title page, what does it mean? Read full book review >

ON RACE by George  Yancy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"The interviews need not be read in order because each can stand on its own."
Yancy (Philosophy/Emory Univ.; Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness, 2012, etc.) conducts interviews with fellow philosophy professors and other thinkers in order to illuminate reasons for enduring racial divides and perhaps arrive at constructive paths forward. Read full book review >
THE DIABLO DIARY by Joseph Belli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 31, 2017

"Informative, provocative, and engaging, if somewhat out of date."
A debut that blends personal essays and natural history to describe a mountain range in California. Read full book review >
LIGHT THE DARK by Joe  Fassler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Others lighting the literary dark in this luminous and appealing collection include Jane Smiley (Charles Dickens), Junot Díaz (Toni Morrison), Yiyun Li (Elizabeth Bowen), Neil Gaiman (R.A. Lafferty), and Michael Chabon (Jorge Luis Borges)."
In these short essays, writers discuss the works that made them want to write. Read full book review >
BITCH DOCTRINE by Laurie Penny
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Polemical writing at its thoughtful best."
A noted British feminist writer tackles gender, sexism, identity, and power issues in a world being laid waste by "kamikaze capitalism." Read full book review >
CACA DOLCE by Chelsea  Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Martin seldom goes deep, but the arc of growing self-awareness lends the story both gravity and an odd appeal."
A portrait of the artist as a moody teen. Read full book review >
THE ORIGIN OF OTHERS by Toni Morrison
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"As sharp and insightful as one would expect from this acclaimed author."
Essays focused on an overarching question: "What is race (other than genetic imagination), and why does it matter?" Read full book review >
ARS BOTANICA by Tim  Taranto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"An uneven, often heart-wrenching attempt at resolving a personal struggle through art but also a sobering consideration of how things happen—or don't."
An unusual narrative of loss that becomes both a meditation on the Earth and a benediction for one who won't be around to enjoy it. 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 >