Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

Key to the Abyss by J.P. Beyor
Released: June 2, 2016

"While portions of this philosophical book deliver odd phrasings, the author's message involving the questioning of authority should kindle new ideas for open-minded readers."
This second installment of a series examines symbols, means of control, and what it truly means to be human. Read full book review >
WAVEFORM by Marcia Aldrich
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 >

HOME AND AWAY by Karl Ove Knausgaard
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 >
HIGH NOTES by Gay Talese
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A worthy collection that would have benefitted from further effort from the book's editor and publisher."
A short anthology of features from acclaimed newspaperman and magazine writer Talese (The Voyeur's Motel, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
A Time to Pause by Henry R. Engler
Released: Aug. 20, 2014

"The author deftly explores the important question of how Germany can move on while still respecting its Cold War past in this illuminating book."
A visit to what was once the border between West and East Germany reveals the challenges facing the reunified nation. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An emotional ride for pet lovers that provides some valuable instruction on citizen action and kindness."
Debut author Ray tells the story of what she calls one of the largest dog rescues in American history, when animal lovers in Montana united to save more than 100ill-treated canines from a vagrant breeder. Read full book review >
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 >
IMPRISONED by Arturo Benvenuti
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Stark renderings that go beyond simple aesthetic judgment produced by some of the artists who perished in concentration camps."
A visual testament to the horrors of Nazi cruelty is revived a generation after it first appeared. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Proof that Douglass' speeches, responding to the historical exigencies of his time, amply bear rereading today."
A collection of rousing 19th-century speeches on freedom and humanity. Read full book review >
THREE TIDES by Cecile Pineda
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An odd, disjointed memoir/guidebook about writing."
What is introduced as a writing guide becomes something very different in its execution. Read full book review >
300 ARGUMENTS by Sarah Manguso
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 >
THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
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 >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >