Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
THIS IS THE PLACE by Margot  Kahn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A compilation that delights on many levels and will appeal to anyone who has struggled or embraced the idea of home sweet home."
A diverse collection of essays that delve into the fraught concept of home as both a physical and emotional space. Read full book review >

SUCKING UP by Deborah Parker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A short book with a fierce bite."
The title suggests the tone, which offers more caustic wit than one usually expects in a quasi-academic overview. Read full book review >
DON'T SAVE ANYTHING by James Salter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Taken together, these pieces attest to a true life, a life well-lived and well-written."
Previously published but not collected until now, these magazine pieces reflect the author's wide range of experience and interests as well as his prose mastery. Read full book review >
HIGHBROW, LOWBROW, BRILLIANT, DESPICABLE by Editors of New York Magazine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"History, local and global, unfolds in this fine gathering that represents a half-century and more than 2,300 issues."
A great magazine is commemorated with an equally top-flight anthology. Read full book review >

NO TIME TO SPARE by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Thoughtful musings from a deft and sharply insightful writer."
Spirited, wry reflections on aging, literature, and America's moral life. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH VOLUME 1 by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath's work and, by extension, of modern literature."
A monumental gathering, in the first of two volumes, of the scattered correspondence of the now iconic—and canonical—poet and novelist. Read full book review >
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"'I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat,' ' Bennett writes of his reputation for niceness. 'And did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' That may be debatable, but the good-naturedness in these engaging pages is proof of his current standing."
The third installment of diaries from the celebrated dramatist and author. Read full book review >
ALL I WANT TO DO IS LIVE by Trace  Ramsey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"A set of brave works featuring first-rate prose."
Ramsey's (Quitter, 2014) new collection of creative nonfiction and poetry takes on the topics of depression, addiction, and loss. Read full book review >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES by Francis Spufford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A bibliophagist snacks and dines, sharing with us some of the tastiest bits."
A longtime writer in a variety of genres presents a potpourri of pieces, arranged thematically, from the past few decades. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOADING BRUSH by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers."
Further cultural and agricultural writings from the dean of modern literary agrarians. 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 >