Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS by Mohsin Hamid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Passion and hope infuse Hamid's most incisive dispatches."
An acclaimed novelist reports on peril, war and peace. Read full book review >
THIS IDEA MUST DIE by John Brockman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although they often beat dead or nonexistent horses, these ingenious cerebral tidbits will stimulate, provoke and confuse (in a good way) intelligent readers."
New science has a difficult time. As physicist Max Planck said long ago, a good idea does not automatically replace a bad one; "opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." Read full book review >

MY AVANT-GARDE EDUCATION by Bernard Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An unconventional narrative that focuses on sharp, piercing moments."
PEN/Hemingway Award winner Cooper (The Bill from My Father: A Memoir, 2006, etc.) returns with a memoir/essay collection (some previously published) that chronicles his early interest in pop art and charts where that interest has taken him.Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES by Langston Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A privileged perspective on the man and his art."
The renowned poet's life revealed in letters. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Writing that requires a receptive readership as flexible as the prose."
Short essays on libraries, literature and life. Read full book review >

THE TROUBLE WITH POST-BLACKNESS by Houston A. Baker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A thoughtful, if not gentle, scholarly refutation of a controversial claim of a post-racial society."
What does it mean to be black in America now? A wide variety of scholars and deep thinkers respond in these essays on race, society, art and more. Read full book review >
WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A moving essay that should find its way into the hands of all students and teachers to provoke new conversation and awareness."
An enchanting plea by the award-winning Nigerian novelist to channel anger about gender inequality into positive change. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES AN ART by Bernard Bailyn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"Informing all of these graceful, authoritative essays is the mind of a humanist whose project is to reanimate 'a hitherto unglimpsed world.'"
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian considers the "unsuspected complexities" of recovering the past. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF WATER by Joshua K. Linden
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"A collection of well-written, perceptive, and quietly powerful essays, meant to be savored."
Linden, in his debut nonfiction work, shares insights gleaned from his years of reflection on the nature of the soul. Read full book review >
THE RADICAL KING by Martin Luther King Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though many of the entries are familiar, this useful collection takes King from the front lines of Southern segregation to a national movement for economic equality to an international condemnation of imperialism and armed intervention."
A reframing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy to celebrate his political radicalism. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOT HAVING IT ALL by Melissa Kite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A smart, entertaining and woefully funny take on being female and single."
Spectator columnist Kite turns some of her most wince-worthy experiences as a single woman into a humorous memoir, previously published in the U.K. as Real Life.Read full book review >
TABLE TALK by Wendy Lesser
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An invigorating collection of passionate, spirited voices."
Pithy literary musings on art, culture, politics and life selected from the Threepenny Review's Table Talk section.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >