Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

PAIN WOMAN TAKES YOUR KEYS, AND OTHER ESSAYS FROM A NERVOUS SYSTEM by Sonya Huber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2017

"Frank, thoughtful reflections that should resonate with the 47 percent of Americans reported to be living with chronic pain."
Meditative, intimate essays consider the experience of suffering. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors."
A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >

SMOKE SNORT SWALLOW SHOOT by Jacob Hoye
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overwhelmingly sad and consistently vulgar anthology."
Rehashed tales of rock 'n' roll excess prove that even the most powerfully creative voices in music can be tone deaf about drug addiction. Read full book review >
SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An almost spectral text haunted by a past that never seems distant."
A revealing publication from the celebrated prose stylist. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG FARMER by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though the book may scare off almost as many prospective farmers as it encourages, the contributors argue their cases with an effective polemical tenor."
Longtime advocates of sustainable agriculture join with new voices for a comradely take on the challenging future of farming. Read full book review >

HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >
PRACTICE RESURRECTION by Erik Reece
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Reece's insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment."
Religion, ecology, literature, family, and ideas all commingle in this collection. Read full book review >
AN ARRANGEMENT OF SKIN by Anna Journey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Even though they get a bit precious at times and sometimes lose their way, the essays always come together 'to resurrect and walk.'"
Poet Journey (English/Univ. of Southern California; Vulgar Remedies, 2013, etc.) gathers 14 quirky, earthy, lyrical essays, a number of which have been previously published. Read full book review >
PRINTER'S ERROR by Rebecca Romney
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spritely visit to the land of rare books."
The role of printed books in Western civilization recounted in diverting essays that recapitulate some significant events in the annals of bibliomania. Read full book review >
WORD BY WORD by Kory Stamper
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Those aficionados who love words and the language or who are big-time Scrabble fans will love this book, while others will feel like they're in over their heads."
Strange words and how to find them. Read full book review >
NABOKOV'S FAVORITE WORD IS MAUVE by Ben Blatt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"If you want to know how many times Chuck Palahniuk uses the verb 'snuff,' this is just the thing. Illuminating entertainment for literary readers."
Literary criticism by the numbers. Read full book review >
HOW WE SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER by Ander Monson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A cornucopia of essays sure to lead to conversations with one another that will inform, puzzle, and surprise."
Take one daily and call me every morning. That's the website header for Essay Daily, the source for this anthology. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >