Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

TALES OF TWO AMERICAS by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
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A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. 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 >

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 >
DRAFT NO. 4 by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A superb book about doing his job by a master of his craft."
The renowned writer offers advice on information-gathering and nonfiction composition. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation."
Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008. Read full book review >
MODERN ETHICS IN 77 ARGUMENTS by Peter Catapano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An accessible volume of thoughtful, concise contributions."
Guns, race, and human rights are among the varied ethical issues tackled in a wide-ranging collection. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENVIRONMENTALIST AND OTHER ESSAYS by Paul Kingsnorth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"On the whole, a hard-hitting collection that shows why we need new stories to revise our perceptions of civilization, progress, and nature."
A fervent plea to respond creatively and personally to environmental destruction. Read full book review >
WILD THINGS by Bruce  Handy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As well-researched as it is seamlessly composed, this book entertains as it educates."
A Vanity Fair contributing editor encourages adult readers to tumble back down the rabbit hole of childhood and rediscover their favorite books. Read full book review >
A TWENTY MINUTE SILENCE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE by Shawn  Wen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch."
A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau (1923-2007). Read full book review >
THE GREAT DIVIDE by Howard Harrison
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"Not everyone will agree with Harrison's political take, but his entertaining re-creation of the campaign makes for an absorbing read."
The 2016 presidential election campaign was a firestorm of partisan vitriol and crazed Trumpery, according to this energetic, opinionated recap. Read full book review >
THE DOG'S LAST WALK by Howard Jacobson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delightful and argute collection from a talented stylist."
A collection of mini-essays from one of England's finest writers. 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 >