Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF-ABSORBED by Meghan Daum
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2015

"A courageous defense of childlessness and a necessary corrective to the Cult of Mommy, but Daum's collection could have benefitted from a more diverse pool of contributors and a fuller consideration of contrary opinions."
Daum (The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, 2014, etc.) compiles essays from a group of noted writers—including Kate Christensen, Geoff Dyer and Lionel Shriver—holding forth on the topic of deliberate childlessness.Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2015

"Not all the speeches break new ground, but they are uplifting in their overarching focus: There is important work to be done in this world, regardless of the large and small events of our lives."
A collection of recent graduation speeches meant to inspire, edited by New Press education editor Grove and recent Harvard grad Ostrer. Read full book review >

QUEEN OF THE FALL by Sonja Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"Livingston overcomes the collection's inconsistencies with her dexterity in addressing an impressive range of questions regarding humanity, femininity, and growing up in America."
Livingston (MFA Program/Univ. of Memphis; Ghostbread, 2009) weaves her own memories throughout ruminations on famous mythical goddesses and pop-culture icons to explore what becoming a woman means both for her—as a Roman Catholic girl coming of age in the late 1980s—and, more broadly, within the context of the real and fictitious women who surround her.Read full book review >
THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT by Saul Bellow
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 31, 2015

"This comprehensive collection illuminates Bellow's sense of his own identity and his changing world."
A nonfiction collection celebrates the centennial of Saul Bellow's (1915-2005) birth. Read full book review >
I FOUND MY FRIENDS by Nick Soulsby
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 2015

"Besides appealing to fans, the book ably captures the lost milieu of independent rock, which Nirvana's moment irretrievably transformed."
You-are-there narrative of Nirvana's rise, focused on the trio's comrades at the dawn of Alternative Nation. Read full book review >

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by Frank L. Cioffi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 2015

"A teacher's help would be required for students to find this book useful."
A chatty grammar manual. Read full book review >
I AM SORRY TO THINK I HAVE RAISED A TIMID SON by Kent Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious but patchy debut, better in parts than as a whole."
Generational insecurity locks horns with machismo in this hybrid collection of personal journalism and first-person profiles. Read full book review >
ONGOINGNESS by Sarah Manguso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Read as either a meditative essay or a revealing confessional poem, this is a thoughtful, reflective look at one talented writer's creative evolution."
A chronic diarist discovers that there's a lot to be said for putting your pen down. Read full book review >
JUST KIDS FROM THE BRONX by Arlene Alda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Entertaining and informative cherished memories from a diverse group from the Bronx."
Short essays connected by a common thread: a childhood spent in the Bronx. Read full book review >
LOVE AND OTHER WAYS OF DYING by Michael Paterniti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 3, 2015

"Real-world storytelling of the highest order."
A collection of long-form nonfiction from GQ and New York Times Magazine contributor Paterniti (The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Needless to say, effective humor is extremely personal. For those who have found Barry funny in a good way, these latest essays will cause outright, prolonged laughter."
Humorist Barry (You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, 2014, etc.) departs from the collections of his now-defunct syndicated newspaper column and his goofy full-length novels to write a dozen original essays gathered loosely around a theme: happiness and its discontents.Read full book review >
EXPLORING LINCOLN by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2015

"A thoughtful treat for the Lincoln and Civil War crowds."
Noted historians reflect on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >