Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >