Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
HER TEXAS by Donna Walker-Nixon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2015

"Inevitably, there are a few clunkers, but this is a strong gathering in both its parts and its sum."
Spirited, appropriately oversized anthology of Texas-centric creative work by women from the Lone Star State. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >