Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? by Harold Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 28, 2017

"Thoughtful ruminations about current language mixed with praise for clarity and disdain for murkiness."
Although this is yet another how-to, self-help text for would-be writers—with some of the usual hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about the abuses of English today—this one merits more attention because it comes from the keyboard of a celebrated journalist and editor. 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 story after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >

I’M OK, YOU’RE A PAIN IN THE ASS...A LOVE STORY by J. Michael Chamberlain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2016

"A sometimes-amusing but uneven collection."
A debut book of humorous, autobiographical essays from a self-described "doctor of comedy." 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 >
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 >
AMERICAN ORIGINALITY by Louise Glück
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A love of poetry—of the poet's life—infuses these essays and brings a glow to the theoretical and a bright flame to the personal."
A celebrated poet collects some recent essays on theory, craft, and other poets. Read full book review >
A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
Happily Hippie by Paul Dougan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 12, 2016

"A detailed, if overly defensive, analysis of 50 years of hippie culture."
Dougan argues for the continued relevance of hippies in this work of popular social science. Read full book review >
MODERNITY, CIVILIZATIONS AND THE TRUTH by Kannan Solayappan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"An intriguing book about the continuing evolution of civilization."
Solayappan searches for an ethical center of modernity in this debut work of philosophy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >