Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >
SORRY, WRONG COUNTRY by Konstantine Paradias
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2017

"A thoughtful and amusing look at a troubled nation's soul."
A series of comic vignettes plumbs the cultural condition of contemporary Greece. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 24, 2016

"A feel-good book of hope and wonder that will appeal most to readers who believe in divine intervention."
A generous collection of nonfiction medical stories from distinguished doctors. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2017

"An upbeat but uneven treatise that tries to create a level playing field for science and spirituality."
A book attempts to bridge the divide between mysticism and materialism. Read full book review >
THE ART OF DEATH by Edwidge Danticat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"Danticat takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion."
A guide to writing—and reading—about death. Read full book review >

EQUIPMENT FOR LIVING by Michael Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Robbins prefers his equipment for living abstract, but he can definitely take it straight, a point the book's concluding Basho-to-Beyoncé and Beyond playlist makes abundantly clear."
Are Wallace Stevens and Bob Dylan permanently at odds, or do they have something in common? Read full book review >
CLEAR SEEING PLACE by Brian Rutenberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 19, 2016

"An original and stimulating memoir that takes readers into the mind and heart of an artist."
In this debut chronicle, an abstract painter offers a vivid look into a working studio and the development of his own artistic vision. Read full book review >
THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE by Megan  Stielstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"In a style that is literary but never pedantic, Stielstra has crafted a collection that has such a sense of continuity that it could pass as a memoir."
Perhaps not lifesaving, but a life-enriching collection of essays by a conscientious writer and teacher who knows that asking the right questions is more important than having all the answers. Read full book review >
DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF <i>THE LITTLE PRINCE</i> by Pierre  Lassus
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Despite the heavy-handed religious reading of the book and some proselytizing, many will enjoy learning about Saint-Exupéry and his life and how he came to write such a beloved book."
The story behind one of the world's most popular books. Read full book review >
SCIENCE IN THE SOUL by Richard Dawkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"For Dawkins fans, a must-have collection of scattered speeches and writings; for foes, more grist for the mill."
Combative, contrarian scientist Dawkins (Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, 2015, etc.) gathers work from across a range of scholarly and secular interests. Read full book review >
THE STARS IN OUR EYES by Julie Klam
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"Entertaining but shallow. Klam is perhaps too sensible a writer to care much about the filtered world of celebrities, and her fundamental indifference to the subject, no matter how she struggles to overcome it, makes the book seem less than essential."
A collection of essays on our culture's fascination with celebrities. Read full book review >
American Rococo by Isham Cook
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 16, 2017

"Food for thought, elegantly prepared, that falls short of a meal."
A collection of musings offers a broad sampling of subjects and styles. 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 >