Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An enlightening exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art and literature."
How hundreds of stolen paintings affected 19th-century French writers. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by David A. Moss
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A sterling educational tool that offers a fresh presentation of how 'democracy in America has always been a contact sport.'"
A vigorous civics lesson of 19 case studies that illustrate America's evolving democratic processes and institutions. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"Readers may cavil with Athitakis' choices, but they can't question his research, erudition, and clarity of expression."
A collection of literary criticism that demonstrates how the Midwest of Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis has been significantly altered in the works of novelists who have explored the region in recent decades. Read full book review >
300 ARGUMENTS by Sarah Manguso
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A slim, poetic self-portrait that opens up as you read it and stays in the mind."
A writer's life, solitary and complex, broken apart—not into shards but puzzle pieces. Read full book review >
WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life."
Investigations into the struggles of rendering painful memories on the page. Read full book review >

YOU, TOO, COULD WRITE A POEM by David Orr
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Orr says the greatest compliment for any critic 'is to say that you found yourself thinking of his writing the next time you encountered a good poem.' He abundantly deserves that same praise."
Fresh, vigorous, spirited views on poets and their work. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Deeply admiring biography mixed with much supposition that ranges from thought-provoking to ridiculous."
An author who has published frequently on leadership and leaders—from the Founding Fathers to Vince Lombardi—returns with his second book about Lincoln's leadership (Lincoln on Leadership, 1992). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Suitable primarily for working journalists and others concerned with support of a free press, this is a provocative compendium of issues confronting journalism as new technologies pose an array of threats to independent reporting."
Forget going to jail to protect your source—the government can simply identify her through metadata. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE by David Shields
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Uneven but mostly sharp and appealing."
An assortment of musings, cultural critiques, and memoir. Read full book review >
PASSING TIME by Andrea Köhler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2017

"A lovely jeu d'esprit for those waiters who like their abeyance with a touch of the metaphysical."
What are we doing when we aren't doing anything? Read full book review >
ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES by Elena Passarello
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Passarello manages to chronicle humanity's cavalier exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals without getting preachy in the process—no mean feat. If only the entirety of the book reflected the gifts the author demonstrates at her best."
An essayist populates a bestiary of an ark with famous animals from history, all celebrated by humans even as we harnessed and exploited them. Read full book review >
PAIN WOMAN TAKES YOUR KEYS, AND OTHER ESSAYS FROM A NERVOUS SYSTEM by Sonya Huber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2017

"Frank, thoughtful reflections that should resonate with the 47 percent of Americans reported to be living with chronic pain."
Meditative, intimate essays consider the experience of suffering. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >