Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH VOLUME 1 by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath's work and, by extension, of modern literature."
A monumental gathering, in the first of two volumes, of the scattered correspondence of the now iconic—and canonical—poet and novelist. Read full book review >
HUNTER OF STORIES by Eduardo Galeano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Although some of these pieces are on the thin side, this is a fitting final flourish for a literary giant of the Latin American left."
The final work of the esteemed Uruguayan journalist and social critic. Read full book review >

A LIFE IN WORDS by Paul Auster
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A valuable resource much better suited to the classroom than the nightstand."
A close reading of several of Auster's works as rendered through transcribed interviews between the author and scholar I.B. Siegumfeldt. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT "WHOM" by Emmy J.  Favilla
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lighthearted take on communicating in the digital age."
An irreverent grammar guru advises, "follow your heart." Read full book review >
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SOCCER by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Naturally, soccer fans will get more out of this book than fans of other sports, but anyone who is passionate about a game and is willing to read a smart assessment of what it means to be a fan will find much to admire."
An exploration of why soccer is beautiful and how its beauty (and occasional ugliness) manifests. Read full book review >

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE by Gabrielle  Union
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Personal, reflective moments that reveal various aspects of an actress and activist's life."
A black actress and activist chronicles her life story and speaks out about issues important to her. Read full book review >
CHRONICLES OF A LIQUID SOCIETY by Umberto Eco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Although some of these pieces have a tired feel, there's much here to enjoy and ponder."
A swan song from one of Europe's great intellectuals. Read full book review >
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"'I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat,' ' Bennett writes of his reputation for niceness. 'And did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' That may be debatable, but the good-naturedness in these engaging pages is proof of his current standing."
The third installment of diaries from the celebrated dramatist and author. Read full book review >
BOB DYLAN by Jonathan Cott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An engaging archive of Dylan's own perspective on his artistic process and ever changing cultural significance."
A dense compendium of significant feature interviews with Bob Dylan. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT IT by Stephen Elliott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Thirteen years of miscellaneous writing, some of it revelatory."
The film director and writer revisits his life and earlier work in this grab-bag essay collection. Read full book review >
MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS by Michael Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers will learn plenty about Montaigne and more about Perry."
The essays of Montaigne spark midlife reflection by the rural Wisconsin-based author. Read full book review >
VACATIONLAND by John Hodgman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Very dry, with a twist."
A memoir from a writer who doubles as a comedian. 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 >