Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

MICKEY ROURKE AND THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS by W.S. Di Piero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"What a poet writes when he isn't writing poetry. Will appeal most to fellow poets and students of the form."
A poet's notebook reflections on poetry, prose, art, time, and death. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF ELIZABETH HARDWICK by Elizabeth Hardwick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An essential compendium of midcentury American intellectual life, one that reaffirms the personal and cultural importance of literature."
A career-spanning collection of essays, reviews, criticism, and more from a co-founder of the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE by Gabrielle  Union
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Personal, reflective moments that reveal various aspects of an actress and activist's life."
A black actress and activist chronicles her life story and speaks out about issues important to her. 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 >
WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An insightful collection of interviews about what it means to be human. This book, it turns out, helps explain W is TF."
A popular podcast gets the book treatment. Read full book review >

THE SECRET LIFE by Andrew O'Hagan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Three well-written but fleeting vignettes from some of the darkest edges of the internet."
Three intriguing pieces of journalism about the new threats of a digital age. Read full book review >
HEATING & COOLING by Beth Ann Fennelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A sleek, delightful collection."
A poet and fiction writer delivers 52 "micro-memoirs"—some just one sentence, some a couple of pages—that offer insight into her life, the lives of loved ones, and the overall human condition. Read full book review >
THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE by Lynn Freed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"This is travel literature as memoir, drolly covering the scope of a restless creative life."
An offbeat world tour with a not-quite-innocent abroad. Read full book review >
THE CLIMATE SWERVE by Robert Jay Lifton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A powerful and well-reasoned call to action."
A clear argument that "confronting the full danger of nuclear and climate devastation enables us to sustain rather than destroy our species." Read full book review >
WE WEAR THE MASK by Brando Skyhorse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Sharply drawn reflections on identity fluidity, stereotypes, marginalization, and cultural assumption."
Writers explore how and why the phenomenon of "passing" both shocks and fascinates. Read full book review >
THE ART OF FAILING by Anthony McGowan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Entertaining reading to dip into now and then."
A British fiction writer humorously chronicles the quotidian frustrations, discomforts, and outright failures he faced over the course of one year. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS by A.C. Grayling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government."
Of democracy and its discontents, with a resonant defense of what Winston Churchill called "the least bad of all systems." 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 >