Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
STEERING THE CRAFT by Ursula K. Le Guin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A succinct, clear, and encouraging companion for aspiring writers."
Practical writing advice from an acclaimed storyteller. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >