Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

BAD FEMINIST by Roxane Gay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An occasionally brilliant, hit-or-miss grab bag of pop-culture criticism."
Essayist, novelist and pop-culture guru Gay (An Untamed State, 2014, etc.) sounds off on the frustrating complexities of gender and race in pop culture and society as a whole. Read full book review >
WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of reading."
An artist investigates how we make meaning from words on a page. Read full book review >

MAKERS OF MODERN ASIA by Ramachandra Guha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A terrific teaching aid with helpful footnotes."
Mostly robust biographies of 11 galvanizers of modern Asian nationalism, from Gandhi to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, underscore the importance of politics before economics. Read full book review >
Gravel On the Side of the Road by Kris Radish
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 22, 2014

"A bold, rollicking work that often reveals more about the author than her subjects."
Radish's (A Grand Day to Get Lost, 2013, etc.) latest work of nonfiction is a collection of vignettes taken from her own life, from her self-conscious childhood to her days as wild child, hard-boiled reporter and devoted mother.These stories offer a vast, eclectic array of experience, depicted with the grit and incisiveness of a journalist who's covered brutal events such as domestic violence, murder and war. Read full book review >
THE GUNS WE LEFT BEHIND by P.R. Hirsh
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 22, 2014

"A nostalgic, entertaining look at gun culture."
In this collection of essays and fictional stories, a hunter, gun collector and competitive shooter shares his lifelong passion for guns. Read full book review >

WILD FLOWERS by Francis William Bessler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 16, 2014

"Readers interested in a unique belief system will enjoy many of this author's musings."
Debut author Bessler offers a collection of essays and songs about life and religion.Born in 1941, this former seminarian, divorcee and avid blogger has a lot of opinions to share. Read full book review >
HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP by Lisa Scottoline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"Short and snappy, these comic essays are best read in small doses."
The Italian mother-daughter team is back with another series of amusing commentaries on life. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 7, 2014

"Fantastical, atmospherically moody and Poe-like in its laudanum-fueled dreaminess."
An investigation of our first encounters with the giant squid, a creature "more bizarre than anything appearing in Star Wars." Read full book review >
THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT by Francisco Goldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2014

"A gifted writer submerges his grief in his deep affection for his adopted city."
The death of the author's wife hovers over this densely meandering, poignant look at the simmering violence in his beloved Mexico City. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES TOO by Felice Picano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 19, 2014

"An intensely personal collection centered on the survivor of a fascinating, chaotic time."
Picano expands on the autobiographical essays of his previous book, True Stories (2011).In this sequel, Picano reflects on family, relationships and the various cities of his past, most notably New York, where he was active in the pre- and post-Stonewall gay community of lower Manhattan. Read full book review >
I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY I AM by Jenny Mollen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2014

"A simple exercise comprised of equal parts crass, snarky humor and narcissistic blather."
Actress Mollen delivers a collection of 15 raunchy essays. Read full book review >
SMALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Joel Schwartzberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2014

"Many parents, divorced or not, will see reflections of themselves in this pleasant collection."
A collection of humorous, sometimes poignant essays from an award-winning writer and happily divorced father who confesses to hating kids' music but loving Barry Manilow tunes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nev Schulman
author of IN REAL LIFE
September 2, 2014

Nev Schulman is famous as the host of MTV’s Catfish, where he investigates situations where people fall in love online with…someone who’s not entirely the person they say they are. Schulman is a good investigator because the same thing happened to him. In his new book In Real Life, Schulman explains how to stay sane online (and why to occasionally stay off social media), all while honestly revealing his own vulnerabilities. View video >