Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE WISE LEGACY by Daniel J. Siegel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Of greatest interest to those who knew Sidney Wise—but also a poignant reminder of a more civil political era."
This tribute volume collects statements from and interviews with students, colleagues, relatives, and friends of Sidney Wise, an influential professor. Read full book review >
VERY GOOD LIVES by J.K. Rowling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2015

"That second matter is a point that could stand elaboration. On the strength of this sharp, inspirational piece, we hope that Rowling will add a book of essays to her CV."
Harry Potter's creator faces a crowd of uber-Muggles—the graduating class of Harvard University—whom she enjoins to stretch their minds and be awesome. Read full book review >

THE MEANING OF THE LIBRARY by Alice Crawford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rich, informative, and engaging collection."
The invention and reinvention of libraries. Read full book review >
NOTE BOOK by Jeff Nunokawa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"An engaging multimedia project offering even more food for thought when translated to the linearity of the printed page."
Literary-based reflections on and of the virtual age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A good primer to convince readers who have not experienced the work of Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg to give them a try."
Literary archivist Morgan (Beat Atlas: A State by State Guide to the Beat Generation in America, 2011, etc.) collects the correspondence of Ferlinghetti (Blasts Cries Laughter, 2014, etc.) and Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), beginning with Ginsberg's first publication Howl and Other Poems (1955). 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 >
Confessions of a Time Traveler by R. Gary Raham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A welcome excursion for pop-sci fans featuring a number of striking artworks."
In this diverse collectionof essays, short stories, illustrations, anecdotes, and other missives, Raham informs without being dry and teaches without being pedantic while covering a wide range of subjects in biology and the history of science.Read full book review >
LIVING INTO THE MYSTERY by Kelli Summers Sorg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"A gentle, understatedly wise collection of reflections on issues of modern Christian faith."
An award-winning television producer and pastor collects letters she's sent to spiritual inquirers far and wide. Read full book review >
HOW DID I GET HERE? by Jesse Browner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"A searching, occasionally profound collection/memoir."
A United Nations staffer and novelist meditates on the question of "how…the life we live relate[s] to lives we might have lived or ought to have lived." Read full book review >
NAPOLEON ON WAR by Bruno Colson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2015

"A thoroughly detailed scholarly work, somewhat repetitious and not for the merely curious or casual reader. For professional military historians and theorists, however, it should be highly useful."
Editor Colson (History/Universite de Namur, Belgium) closely examines the military concepts and strategies of "the greatest warrior of all time," whose "mastery of mass warfare and his ability to raise, organize, and equip numerous armies dramatically changed the art of war." Read full book review >
Making A Living, Making A Life by Daniel Rose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2014

"A wise, well-honed collection of speeches that address vital issues with fresh, penetrating insight."
A real estate developer and philanthropist presents a masterful debut collection of exceptionally cogent and timely speeches and essays. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intelligent rallying cry for anyone seeking a safe and healthy food supply, and all that entails."
When a book begins with an essay titled "A Food Manifesto for the Future," you know the author is on a mission. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >