Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE WAY OF THE WRITER by Charles Johnson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A useful writing guide from an experienced practitioner."
A pithy guide for writers and those who teach them. Read full book review >
OF ALL THAT ENDS by Günter Grass
by Günter Grass, translated by Breon Mitchell, illustrated by the author
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Fractured but elegant musings on dying and, most poignantly, living."
Last words and images from the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wide-ranging, irreverent, and absorbing meditation on thinking, knowing, and being."
What are we? That question informs the author's fertile inquiry into mind, brain, and imagination. Read full book review >
NAMING THY NAME by Elaine Scarry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Close readers of Shakespeare will respect Scarry's arduous homework but likely won't be convinced by her conclusions."
Who was the "young man" William Shakespeare addressed in his sonnets? Read full book review >
A LITERARY TOUR OF ITALY by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays."
A prolific novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and translator investigates "Italy's collective imagination." Read full book review >

TALKING GOD by Gary Gutting
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An exceptional introduction to the philosophical questions surrounding God and atheism."
Approachable, civilized discussions about the existence of God. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An intimate and entertaining look at a fake-news program whose caustic, witty alchemy remains missed by many."
A lively oral history of The Daily Show focused on Jon Stewart's improbable transformation from basic-cable comic to progressive conscience. Read full book review >
EAT LIVE LOVE DIE by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dazzling showcase for Fussell's delicious ability to 'taste...words with the kind of pleasure that turns cooking fires into the fires of love.'"
The idiosyncratic food writer harvests some of her best work in a savory collection that doubles as a memoir and declaration of faith. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC by Haruki Murakami
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A work that general readers will enjoy and the musical cognoscenti will devour."
The edited texts of six engaging conversations about music between the celebrated Japanese writer and the noted conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years. Read full book review >
MY LOST POETS by Philip Levine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Like his poetry, Levine's essays are generous, honest, and real."
One of our finest poets recalls a life well lived in poetry. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPES by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Although Landscapes requires some observational flexibility to experience with a feeling of cohesion, these worldly essays are timeless, inspiring works of critical observation."
Landscapes in the loosest, most metaphorical sense of the term, this illuminating compilation of essays by Berger (Portraits, 2015, etc.) aims to situate a range of art criticism into an accessible realm. Read full book review >
TREASURE PALACES by Maggie Fergusson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing."
What makes a museum special? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >