Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE WORLD IS ON FIRE by Joni Tevis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"That seam glows fiercely, startlingly bright, in these rich, revelatory essays."
Evocative essays on faith, life and wonder. Read full book review >
WHERE I'M READING FROM by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"'Do We Need Stories?' 'Why Finish Books?' 'What's Wrong with the Nobel?' 'Does Money Make Us Write Better?' Readers vexed by such questions will welcome Parks' thoughtful responses."
Why do books matter? Read full book review >

CITY BY CITY by Keith Gessen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"From Whittier, Alaska, to Williston, North Dakota, to Palm Coast, Florida, these varied essays offer compelling snapshots of how Americans live, move, and work."
In these 37 singular essays, some reading like research papers, others as personal as memoirs, n+1 editor Gessen (All the Sad Young Literary Men, 2008, etc.) and Harvard graduate student Squibb find in certain American cities the crucible of enormous change since the financial meltdown of 2008.Read full book review >
THE DAEMON KNOWS by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"As always, Bloom conveys the intimate, urgent, compelling sense of why it matters that we read these canonical authors."
Elegiac, gracious literary ponderings that group and compare 12 giants of American literature. Read full book review >
OFF THE BOOKS by J. Peder Zane
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2015

"An intermittently entertaining but sometimes banal collection."
A miscellany of literary musings. Read full book review >

LUNCH WITH A BIGOT by Amitava Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"An exuberantly inquisitive collection of essays."
Kumar (English/Vassar Coll.; A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, 2014, etc.) reflects on an eclectic array of personal, professional, and political topics.Read full book review >
WRITING ON THE WALL by Mumia Abu-Jamal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Bracing polemics that will appeal primarily to the Occupy demographic."
Anthology of prison writing by a radical icon. Read full book review >
Host of Memories by Peter Rupert Lighte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Lively, evocative autobiographical essays."
Focusing Proust-like on the objects that embody memories, Lighte (Pieces of China, 2009) hosts a tour of his life, from an American Jewish upbringing to a career in China and London. Read full book review >
THE ESSENTIAL GINSBERG by Allen Ginsberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"Except for brief introductions to the journal entries, Schumacher allows the selections to stand alone as testimony to an often outrageous, groundbreaking poet and tireless social activist."
A representative sampling from an iconic American poet. Read full book review >
MY GENERATION by William Styron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 2, 2015

"Wide-ranging, lucid, and incisive."
A rich collection by an estimable writer. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE OF MINOR WRITERS by Max Beerbohm
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 2, 2015

"Urbane, witty pieces by a writer worth reviving."
Elegant essays by a self-described dilettante. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A good primer to convince readers who have not experienced the work of Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg to give them a try."
Literary archivist Morgan (Beat Atlas: A State by State Guide to the Beat Generation in America, 2011, etc.) collects the correspondence of Ferlinghetti (Blasts Cries Laughter, 2014, etc.) and Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), beginning with Ginsberg's first publication Howl and Other Poems (1955). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >