Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 15)

P.G. WODEHOUSE by P.G. Wodehouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Editor Ratcliffe's (On Sympathy, 2009) generous annotations and judicious edits give scope to a rich, brilliant, happy, oblivious life."
The life and times of the creator of Bertie and Jeeves, as told to friends and family. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Other writing guides have more nuts-and-bolts advice, but few combine the verve and plainspokenness of this book, which exemplifies its title."
Legendary literary journalist Kidder (Strength in What Remains, 2009, etc.) and his longtime editor trade war stories and advice for the ambitious nonfiction writer. Read full book review >

A DIVERSE GATHERING by Vincent Macraven
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"A standout, frequently profound story collection."
In his latest short story collection (Tales from the Mind of a Schizophrenic, 2011), Macraven spins tales of murder, religious fanatics and people on the brink of insanity. Read full book review >
ALWAYS LOOKING by John Updike
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"A rich trove of insights for art lovers of all stripes."
Final musings on mostly modern art by the prolific lion of American letters. Read full book review >
Hazelet's Journal by John Clark
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 26, 2012

"An engaging piece of nonfiction about one man's prospecting adventures."
An introspective collection of journal entries from a traveler in the Alaskan Gold Rush. Read full book review >

THROUGH THE WINDOW by Julian Barnes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Not every piece will connect with every reader, but Barnes is a fine literary companion."
The focus on books and literature makes this more cohesive than the usual collection of journalistic miscellany. Read full book review >
Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp by Elaine Greensmith Jordan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"A singular window into the spiritual journey of a progressive female minister, particularly relevant as Christianity wrestles with the roles of women in the church.
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In her debut, essayist, poet and former minister Jordan recounts a moving, humorous slice of her past spent pastoring a small congregation in Arizona. Read full book review >
MY IDEAL BOOKSHELF by Thessaly La Force
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul."
An illustrated compendium of first-person musings by writers, artists and other creative types about the books that inspired them and helped shape their identities. Read full book review >
THE MISSING INK by Philip Hensher
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Informative, amusing and idiosyncratic—just like an interesting letter written in unique hand."
Critic and novelist Hensher (Creative Writing/Univ. of Exeter; King of the Badgers, 2012, etc.) laments the loss of handwriting instruction and surveys the history of our love affair with the pen. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Everyone who really loves books loves bookstores, and anyone who loves bookstores will appreciate this labor of love."
A celebration of the independent bookstore by 84 authors who consider them personally and culturally indispensable and who find the ones they favor thriving and vital, despite common impressions to the contrary. Read full book review >
THE RICHARD BURTON DIARIES by Richard Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A text that thrums with life and assures the rest is not silence."
The inspiring, salacious, sad, materialistic, insecure, arrogant, hilarious and dull ruminations of a most gifted actor. Read full book review >
IN A CHICAGO MINUTE by Mike Lubow
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2012

"A clever, humorous collection."
A debut collection of short reflections on time, life and being a regular guy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >