Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

LITERATURE CLASS, BERKELEY 1980 by Julio Cortázar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 28, 2017

"It's great to have these insights from the author himself about his writings, but it's a bumpy ride for all but a small, scholarly audience."
A collection about the art of fiction. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY SELFIE by Ilan Stavans
by Ilan Stavans, photographed by ADÁL
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2017

"Bright but uneven, inspiring but occasionally misguided, the book is a curious intellectual snapshot with a finger over the lens: a broad cultural landscape pulled unnecessarily into portraiture."
A bit of light academia on society's latest narcissistic trend, equal parts philosophical exploration and art criticism. Read full book review >

THE TABLE by Frances Ponge
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2017

"A meticulously rigorous translation of a book that adds much to Ponge's rich body of work."
A new iteration of a pillar of French critical thinking. Read full book review >
THE AUTHENTIC LOVER by Chris  Hakim
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2017

"Powerful, persuasive encouragement toward better and wiser loving."
A spirited analysis of the concept of love and romanticrelationships.Read full book review >
SOMEBODY WITH A LITTLE HAMMER by Mary Gaitskill
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Gaitskill has not published a memoir, but this collection makes that prospect tantalizing."
Glimpses of a writer's life through a miscellany of reviews, anecdotes, and musings. Read full book review >

A LITTLE BOOK ON FORM by Robert Hass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Erudite, witty, and well-informed, this encyclopedic labor of love will become the go-to book on poetic form for years to come."
What makes a poem tick. Read full book review >
SLIGHT EXAGGERATION by Adam Zagajewski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An illuminating prose album of candid musings on the 'melancholy and joyful' gifts of art."
Reflections on art, music, poetry, and family from an acclaimed Polish poet. Read full book review >
HALLELUJAH ANYWAY by Anne Lamott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lamott always delivers flashes of wisdom and inspiration that resonate, particularly with her most devoted readers, but the book is a somewhat opaque and redundant exercise that never quite feels grounded."
A meditation on the benefits of discovering and extending mercy. Read full book review >
THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION by Allen Ginsberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"A rich sourcebook for literary historians and fans of the passionate, iconoclastic Beats."
The Beat generation, as seen by its central figure. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG WRITER by Colum McCann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pithy, wise, and gently encouraging advice from an acclaimed fiction writer."
A demonstration of how precision, care, and hard work are the writer's crucial tools. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"An essential tour de force for poetry buffs."
A striking anthology of interviews that sheds light on one of the most iconic poetry institutions in New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their stories after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >