Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

WRITING ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"The artistic intensity of life suffuses this epic memoir spanning the 'interior monologues' of a gifted American artist."
Six glorious decades in the life of an iconic artist, poet, and self-described philosophical anarchist. Read full book review >
MYSTERIES OF THE MALL by Witold Rybczynski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A superb book for those interested in architectural history, written in an easygoing style by a man with encyclopedic knowledge and an obvious great love for building."
In this illuminating collection of essays, Rybczynski (Emeritus, Architecture/Univ. of Pennsylvania; How Architecture Works, 2013, etc.) documents the wide-ranging effects of the men who built America in the 20th century.Read full book review >

THE STATE OF PLAY by Daniel Goldberg
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A consistently engaging and insightful reckoning with the serious implications of the ascendant entertainment medium of the 21st century."
What video games mean and why they matter. Read full book review >
YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL by Kunal Nayyar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Nice guy; nice book."
An amiable collection of reminiscences by the Indian actor about girls, school, jobs, family, and acting. Read full book review >
THIS MUSLIM AMERICAN LIFE by Moustafa Bayoumi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"A thoughtful study, certainly relevant if occasionally one-noted."
Closely observed, somewhat repetitive collection of mostly previously published essays by the author of the award-winning How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (2009).Read full book review >

THE NIXON TAPES by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Essential for students of late-20th-century American history and the Nixon presidency."
Brinkley and Nichter (The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972, 2014, etc.) conclude their project of publishing highlights from Richard Nixon's infamous tapes with this volume from the last year of recording.Read full book review >
ME, MY HAIR, AND I by Elizabeth Benedict
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Surprisingly engaging reading."
A distinguished novelist gathers together essays that attempt to untangle the complicated relationship of females to their hair. Read full book review >
THE GOOD STORY by J.M. Coetzee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Caveat lector: the authors, both intellectual heavyweights, focus much more on psychology—and group psychology, where Coetzee keeps pushing the discussion—than on literature."
A discussion between the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and a clinical psychologist on the narratives that their work shares. Read full book review >
THE 50s by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Superb: a gift that keeps on giving and a fine introduction to the life and letters of a supposedly (but not really) gray decade."
Following on the previous anthology, The 40s (2014), the editors of the New Yorker continue to mine the magazine's impossibly rich history.Read full book review >
CHANGING THE SUBJECT by Sven Birkerts
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Cogent and thoughtful, if nostalgic, essays urging our attention not to iPads and smartphones but to art."
A literary critic questions the effect of digital technology on minds, literature, and creativity. Read full book review >
ON CATS by Charles Bukowski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Cat lovers won't confuse the author's verse with T.S. Eliot's, and Bukowski fans will find this of marginal significance."
A curious collection of writings about cats, as the self-acknowledged Dirty Old Man of American letters celebrates his feline affinities and affection. Read full book review >
MASSIVE PISSED LOVE by Richard Hell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fuel for Hell's minions, a fan's notes for fans."
The storied punk rocker, autodidact, and memoirist (I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, 2013) careens among a host of lit- and culture-crit topics.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >