Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

DEAD GIRLS by Alice Bolin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 26, 2018

"An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives."
In this engrossing debut collection of essays, Bolin (Creative Nonfiction/Univ. of Memphis) looks at two things: America's cultural obsession with dead girls in works of literature and on TV and Los Angeles from the perspective of both a newcomer and a veteran. Read full book review >
THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A valuable contribution to our understanding of one of history's most vital figures."
An epistolary memoir of Nelson Mandela's prison years. Read full book review >

WHAT TO READ AND WHY by Francine Prose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 3, 2018

"As Prose implores: 'Drop everything. Start reading. Now.'"
An unabashed fan of reading recommends some of her favorite books. 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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. Read full book review >
THE DESTINY THIEF by Richard Russo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"The only weakness with this book is the length. Please, sir, may we have some more?"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes a break from fiction. Read full book review >
EDNA LEWIS by Sarah B. Franklin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 13, 2018

"A fascinating, prismatic look at the legacy of one of America's most beloved chefs."
A collection of essays on the life and influences of pioneering chef Edna Lewis (1916-2006). Read full book review >
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A smart, droll essay collection that is all over the map but focused by Crosley's consistently sharp eye."
The latest collection from the Manhattan-based essayist suggests she can write engagingly about nearly anything. 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 >