Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

EMOTIONAL RESCUE by Ben Greenman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The collection's promising evocation of 'communication and disconnection' leads to more repetition than illumination."
A collection of interconnected personal essays on the way musical favorites connect and disconnect us. Read full book review >
IN PRAISE OF PROFANITY by Michael Adams
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A sharp, well-studied dissection of the role of swearing in culture, why people curse, and why it's good for us."
An academic's defense of curse words, cusses, swears, and other expletives. Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE by Terry McDonell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A wide-ranging, smart, and witty collection testifying to an impressive career."
The former editor of Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated looks back. Read full book review >
THE FIRE THIS TIME by Jesmyn Ward
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Timely contributions to an urgent national conversation."
Poets, scholars, and essayists reflect on race in America. Read full book review >
NAVIGATING LIFE by Margaux Bergen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Bergen's more helpful suggestions about ways to live well would be better suited to a mother-to-daughter letter, with all of the straining to impress shorn away."
A guide to life started by a mother when her daughter was in elementary school and given to her on her first day of college. Read full book review >

THE PROBLEM WITH ME by Han Han
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A collection more interesting to Western readers for what the author represents than for anything he has written here."
A collection from one of China's most outspoken "troublemakers and dissidents." Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A generous, empathetic writer's companion."
Encouragement to imagine, write, and revise. Read full book review >
THE SELFISHNESS OF OTHERS by Kristin Dombek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A savvy, sharp study that only occasionally loses readers in the psychological brambles."
A personal and clinical deconstruction of the narcissistic personality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt sentiments on how racism, gender equality, and other social and cultural issues in America can be changed for the betterment of all."
Insights into life from the cultural commentator and former Hall of Fame basketball player. Read full book review >
NOW I SIT ME DOWN by Witold Rybczynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rybczynski is totally engaging in this smoothly flowing, sharp, witty narrative—another winner from a top-notch writer on design."
The acclaimed popularizer and purveyor of all things architectural scrutinizes a "tool for sitting." Read full book review >
WASTING TIME ON THE INTERNET by Kenneth Goldsmith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Goldsmith outlines a future that perhaps offers a hope we can embrace, since a retreat seems impossible."
A persuasive argument about how what conventional wisdom dismisses as "wasting time" is actually time well spent. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A gentler companion to Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat (1970), the only flaw of which is that it's too short, leaving readers wanting more."
Eminent literary and cultural critic James (Latest Readings, 2015, etc.) comes back to an old beat: reviewing the offerings on the small screen. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >