Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 15)

THE KENNAN DIARIES by Frank Costigliola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"Students of modern history will take great interest in this work, which ably straddles the frontiers of the personal, political and philosophical."
One of 20th-century America's most significant diplomats offers a window into his inner life and private concerns, fears and dreams. Read full book review >
Sixty, Still Ticking and Fabulous by Anna Resich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"A fine collection that illustrates the author's credo that 'change, if you embrace it, can be surprisingly rewarding.'"
In Resich's debut essay collection, turning 60 looks pretty good. Read full book review >

THE LETTERS OF ROBERT FROST, VOLUME 1 by Robert Frost
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Judiciously annotated with a biographical glossary of correspondents and an indispensable chronology, this volume may well inspire a Frost renaissance."
Letters illuminate the life of an iconic American poet. Read full book review >
Hallucinabulia by Thomas Wictor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Remembered, surreal dreams become the prose equivalent of Salvador Dali paintings and films."
A detailed diary of Wictor's (Ghosts and Ballyhoo: Memoirs of a Failed L.A. Music Journalist, 2013, etc.) surreal dreams and nightmares, which reflect his dysfunctional love life and personal demons as a struggling LA music journalist. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"If Florida is the poster child for a nation's fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state's galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy."
Miami Herald columnist and best-selling novelist Hiaasen (Bad Monkey, 2013, etc.) wages a relentless war of words against those who would despoil his home state and cheapen a nation: the greedy, the corrupt and the stupid. Read full book review >

WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Steven H. Bell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 25, 2013

"An advice book that astutely recognizes that what benefits one partner ultimately benefits both."
A sometimes-humorous, biblically grounded guide for husbands seeking to enrich their marriages. Read full book review >
A FORK IN THE ROAD by James Oseland
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Delicious reading for the discerning foodie."
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Read full book review >
OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD by Stephen Lorch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"An absorbing, winning tour of one indomitable man's life and mind."
A collection of personal essays organized alphabetically. Read full book review >
WHITE GIRLS by Hilton Als
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Als' work is so much more than simply writing about being black or gay or smart. It's about being human."
Meditations, appraisals, fictions and personal inquiries about sex, race, art and more from the longtime New Yorker staff writer and cultural critic. Read full book review >
NICE LEGS! by Larry Zeiger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A pleasant collection of reminiscences and japes."
Two oenophile buddies share their misadventures in this winsome collection of real-life shaggy-dog stories. Read full book review >
99 JOBS by Joe Cottonwood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 10, 2013

"Expertly crafted narrative nonfiction that reveals the framework of people's lives."
A general contractor and author looks back on a 35-year career contending with a variety of houses and people—most in disrepair. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Wise, humane and always insightful."
A well-organized collection of a beloved, award-winning writer's nonfiction essays about her personal and literary lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >