Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 15)

IN PRAISE OF MESSY LIVES by Katie Roiphe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Mostly fascinating, lively writings on a spectrum of topics relevant to women and men with a literary bent."
Of-the-moment essays about popular culture, literature and the author's unconventional life. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A useful, even timely collection, even though some of the pieces are 10 years old."
A collection of smart essays and lectures by accomplished professionals in the magazine world. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Imaginative storytelling with real literary depth."
Lush landscapes, enchanted happenings, tangled roots and violence suffuse this beguiling collection of stories set in the highlands of Guatemala. Read full book review >
DIARIES by George Orwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2012

"Editor Davison (English/De Montfort Univ.) supplies necessary contextual information and footnotes generously, but stays in the shadows and allows us to truly enjoy Orwell's impressive chronicles."
A co-editor of George Orwell's Complete Works offers a lushly annotated edition of Orwell's diaries from 1931 to 1949. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Not for all readers, but prime in its class—literate, learned and wise criticism, with scarcely a breath of cynicism or disdain."
A winner of just about every major literary award exercises his considerable critical chops, ruminating on the works of poets, photographers, writers and other artists. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"An accessible, indispensable nonfiction guidebook from an authority who knows his subject from cover to cover."
A practical primer on writing "true stories, well told." Read full book review >
WE LEARN NOTHING by Tim Kreider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2012

"Earnest, well-turned personal essays about screw-ups without an ounce of sanctimony—a tough trick."
Seriocomic tales of the author's recovery from a host of bad habits, including drinking, false friends, bad relationships and politics. Read full book review >
LOADED WORDS by Marjorie Garber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2012

"The same goes for this intellectually generous and rewarding book. Like its many subjects, it repays the close attention it commands."
A vigorous, revealing collection about the pleasures and revelations of close reading, whether it involves words, books, biographies or ideas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2012

"Funny stuff with both a point and a perspective."
An often funny, politically provocative illumination of the Constitution, a document that all politicians and most Americans revere without really understanding its contents or origins. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 18, 2012

"A classic in the making, this collection of time-traveling sci-fi stories mixes gripping human narratives with provocative scientific speculation."
A dazzling collection of time-travel-themed sci-fi that stands with some of the classics of the genre. Read full book review >
FARTHER AWAY by Jonathan Franzen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2012

"An unfailingly elegant and thoughtful collection of essays from the formidable mind of Franzen, written with passion and haunted by loss."
Further dispatches from one of contemporary literature's most dependable talents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"'We need to expand the prevailing definition of patriotism beyond that narrow nationalism that has caused so much death and suffering,' writes Zinn. For sympathetic readers, this makes an ideal primer for that cause."
Well-chosen anthology of the radical historian's prodigious output. Read full book review >

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