Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

HOME AND AWAY by Karl Ove Knausgaard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the correspondence is mostly about soccer, it is also about so much more."
An epistolary exploration of soccer and life. Read full book review >
SCRATCH by Manjula Martin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Highly recommended for both experienced and aspiring authors and for avid readers who want to learn the back stories of the contributors."
The founder of the online journal Scratch, loaded with information about how authors labor to earn a livelihood, collects essays and interviews that appeared online and supplements those with original offerings. Read full book review >
THE CORRESPONDENCE by J.D. Daniels
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An uncommonly auspicious debut."
The debut collection by an essayist who writes like a rattlesnake, his sentences coiled yet always ready to strike with venomous impact. Read full book review >

DISORDERLY FAMILIES by Arlette Farge
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An enlightening compilation that will leave historically inclined readers wanting to dig a little further into the archives."
The first English translation of letters from the Bastille archives reveals a compelling array of domestic difficulties in French families across the board. Read full book review >
BOOKS FOR LIVING by Will Schwalbe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"In an age when the number of readers is declining, a delightful book like this might just snare a few new recruits."
A self-help book about books. Read full book review >
WAVEFORM by Marcia Aldrich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"Eclectic and always engaging."
Essays by 30 contemporary women writers whose work has helped remake the nonfiction literary landscape. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wide-ranging, irreverent, and absorbing meditation on thinking, knowing, and being."
What are we? That question informs the author's fertile inquiry into mind, brain, and imagination. Read full book review >
A LITERARY TOUR OF ITALY by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays."
A prolific novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and translator investigates "Italy's collective imagination." Read full book review >
TALKING GOD by Gary Gutting
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An exceptional introduction to the philosophical questions surrounding God and atheism."
Approachable, civilized discussions about the existence of God. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An intimate and entertaining look at a fake-news program whose caustic, witty alchemy remains missed by many."
A lively oral history of The Daily Show focused on Jon Stewart's improbable transformation from basic-cable comic to progressive conscience. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >