Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE MEANING OF THE LIBRARY by Alice Crawford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rich, informative, and engaging collection."
The invention and reinvention of libraries. Read full book review >
NAPOLEON ON WAR by Bruno Colson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2015

"A thoroughly detailed scholarly work, somewhat repetitious and not for the merely curious or casual reader. For professional military historians and theorists, however, it should be highly useful."
Editor Colson (History/Universite de Namur, Belgium) closely examines the military concepts and strategies of "the greatest warrior of all time," whose "mastery of mass warfare and his ability to raise, organize, and equip numerous armies dramatically changed the art of war." Read full book review >

ON WRITING by Charles Bukowski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Always passionate, frequently funny, occasionally incoherent excerpts from a significant 20th-century American writer."
A selection of writing on writing from the "Dirty Old Man" of American letters. Read full book review >
Life's Too Short for Leftovers by Michael Ditchfield
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A series of moving, important stories from a passionate humanitarian that's sometimes overshadowed by its clever concept."
A humanitarian and amateur chef reflects on Africa, cooking, and what he's learned from those two passions. Read full book review >
Snapshots from my Uneventful Life by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2015

"The funny bits in this Everyman's true-life stories will remind readers to look on the bright side of life."
Debut author Aboulafia highlights absurd and memorable events from his life in humorous autobiographical essays. Read full book review >

NOTES ON THE DEATH OF CULTURE by John King
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Of a piece with late writings by Hilton Kramer, Hugh Kenner, and even Steiner; sometimes pat but offering fresh interpretations and sharp criticisms of things as they are."
From the renowned Peruvian novelist and essayist, a survey of where Western culture finds itself these days—which is mostly nowhere. Read full book review >
MULTIPLY/DIVIDE by Wendy S. Walters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A curious collection, as interesting for the way the pieces fit together as for the accomplishment of any one of them."
A poet's collection of prose that blurs the boundaries of fiction, memoir, and essay. Read full book review >
A WOMAN IN ARABIA by Gertrude Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An impressive anthology by a scholar who knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff within the massive amount of primary source material Bell left behind at her death."
Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) shattered gender stereotypes while influencing British policy in the Middle East, particularly in the areas in and around present-day Iraq. Editor Howell (Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, 2007) brings the "female Lawrence of Arabia" to life through judicious selections from Bell's massive public writings and personal papers.Read full book review >
PLEASE FORWARD by Cynthia Joyce
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A book that preserves testimony that might have disappeared amid the news cycles and Web overflow."
A collection of blog posts bears witness to the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
BROWSINGS by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Dirda's comradely essays are unfailingly informative and amusing, punctuated with poignant asides on the aging artist and paeans to great literary scholars. His almost single-minded passion, the exhilaration of a life in literature, glows on every page."
Author and literary journalist Dirda (On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling, 2011, etc.) presents a collection of light, conversational essays drawn from a year of writing on books and book collecting for the American Scholar.Read full book review >
BECAUSE WE SAY SO by Noam Chomsky
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"These writings will cause anger and outrage. However, though Chomsky raises our hackles, he doesn't really tell us what to do."
Chomsky's (Making the Future, 2012, etc.) latest collection of brief essays, written between 2011 and 2015, proves that he hasn't lost his talent for screaming at Americans to wake up.Read full book review >
THE WIKILEAKS FILES by WikiLeaks
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It will be left to other books to argue whether WikiLeaks is right or wrong in their mission and approach. This one gives solid context to the cables themselves, explaining what they mean to the wider world."
Parsing the nearly 2.5 million diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >