Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE TRAVEL DIARIES OF ALBERT EINSTEIN by Albert Einstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2018

"Rosenkranz argues that in 1922, Einstein was a man of his times when it came to the West's images of the Orient, and 'we should not be too judgmental in our assessment.' That may be difficult for some readers, but the editor offers an accurate portrait of the Einstein of that era.
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An eye-opening collection of travel diaries from the legendary scientist and thinker. Read full book review >
THE IDEAL OF CULTURE by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 7, 2018

"The best of these essays are more than mildly charming, but Epstein's self-satisfied opinions can be more than mildly infuriating."
A prolific essayist offers forthright opinions on literature, writing, culture, and aging. Read full book review >

THE WORLD-ENDING FIRE by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A great place to start for those who are not familiar with Berry's work; for those who are, it will be a nostalgic stroll down a rural, wooded Memory Lane. In this day and age, his writings are must-reads."
A pleasing selection of essays from the lifelong farmer and award-winning writer. Read full book review >
A NATURALIST AT LARGE by Bernd Heinrich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"Heinrich's personal touch and breadth of knowledge make this a satisfying outing for armchair naturalists."
A collection of essays on plants and animal biology and behavior by a scientist who is also a prolific, prize-winning author. Read full book review >
POPS by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 22, 2018

"Even when he's driving at cruising speed, Chabon takes his readers for an enjoyable ride."
A compact collection of thematically linked essays, perfectly timed for Father's Day. Read full book review >

THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY by Sarah Kendzior
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland, originally published between 2012 and 2014. Read full book review >
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >
MOTHERS by Jacqueline Rose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Clever, insightful essays on motherhood as 'the ultimate scapegoat for our personal and political failings.'"
In her latest book, Rose (co-director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities; Women in Dark Times, 2014, etc.) examines how motherhood is broken apart, chewed, and spat back out. Read full book review >
URSULA K. LE GUIN by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Candid and perceptive last words by a treasured writer."
Thoughtful reflections on the writing life from the late author (1929-2018). Read full book review >
DYLAN ON DYLAN by Jeff Burger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"A valuable contribution to the record of Dylan's legacy."
A portrait of the artist through his interviews Read full book review >
GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE by Hope  Nicholson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 11, 2018

"A must-have for comic historians and those interested in gothic romances, romance comics, and LGBTQ interpretations of traditional forms—highly entertaining."
This anthology pays tribute to the gothic-romance style seen in comic books from their 1960s and ‘70s heyday, updating them in fresh ways. Read full book review >
AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. 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 >