Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

LATE ESSAYS by J.M. Coetzee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Thought-provoking essays that offer more than mere opinion, as the author plumbs the writers' philosophical and psychological depths."
Nobel and Booker Prize winner Coetzee (The Schooldays of Jesus, 2017, etc.) offers another collection of reflective and erudite essays on a variety of poets and novelists. Read full book review >
FLASH! by John Dufresne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Not the place to learn about the short story genre itself but a good place to learn how to write some really, really short ones."
A how-to guide to writing flash fiction. Read full book review >

CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST by Helen Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1979

"Epstein now sees the need for a community of these survivors' children: her book may help bring it about."
For years it lay in an iron box. Read full book review >
BLACK INK by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Revelatory, often moving essays by impressive writers."
Writers testify to the significance of reading and writing in their lives. Read full book review >
TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE by Rob Riemen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology."
Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. Read full book review >

THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US by Hanif  Abdurraqib
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Erudite writing from an author struggling to find meaning through music."
An Ohio-based poet, columnist, and music critic takes the pulse of the nation while absorbing some of today's most eclectic beats. Read full book review >
THE DIGITAL CRITIC by Houman Barekat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Of broad interest to readers working in that Venn diagram space where writing, publishing, and cyberspace come together."
A gathering of mostly accessible academic pieces on the changes wrought on literature and criticism by the internet. Read full book review >
GLOBAL DISCONTENTS by Noam Chomsky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Well-informed salvos to please or enrage, depending on one's politics."
The well-known left-wing intellectual holds forth on global developments of the past five years, from Edward Snowden's disclosures on government surveillance to Donald Trump's efforts to "make America great again." Read full book review >
ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING by Deborah Santana
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope."
Essays by women of color offer intimate, candid reflections on their lives. Read full book review >
CUBA ON THE VERGE by Leila Guerriero
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An affecting portrait of a country that is awash in poverty, sadness, and uncertainty."
Cuba is on the verge…but of what? Read full book review >
GEORGE SAUNDERS' <i>PASTORALIA</i> by Charles Holdefer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"It's no U and I, but it has its moments."
Literary criticism, at least of a kind, meets literary memoir in this airy essay by novelist Holdefer (Dick Cheney in Shorts, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. 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 >