Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 15)

STILL WRITING by Dani Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Cleareyed, honest and grounded."
A best-selling author's thoughtful examination of her life and the creative process that has defined it. Read full book review >
SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG by Delia Ephron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A witty and often profound look at human behavior and all its absurdities, contradictions, obsessions and phobias."
When Ephron's humorous essay "How To Eat Like a Child" appeared in the New York Times Magazine, her first "big success," she knew she had found her calling. In this new collection of essays, she displays that sharply funny and compassionate voice. Read full book review >

CONFRONTING THE CLASSICS by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing."
This collection by Beard (Classics/Cambridge Univ.; The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, 2008, etc.) provides a traditional classical education, and there's no need to learn a dead language. Read full book review >
101 Things I Want to Say to My Daughter, Andrea, on Beginning Her Career by Douglas J. Wood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A welcome adjunct to the wealth of how-to parenting literature."
An affectionate advice and how-to manual for an adult child. Read full book review >
SKIN IN THE GAME by Dennis Laich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"An absolutely essential read for those concerned about the U.S. military, its purpose and its future."
A retired general offers his opinions on the state of America's volunteer army and some suggestions for its future. Read full book review >

MY 1980S AND OTHER ESSAYS by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A challenging, rich, aesthetic autobiography and intellectual high-wire act that rarely falters."
Critical and personal essays from noted poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (English/CUNY Graduate Center; The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
HANDLING THE TRUTH by Beth Kephart
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Generous, intelligent and genuinely insightful."
A self-described "memoir autodidact" and distinguished author's refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to the art of creative nonfiction. Read full book review >
WE NEVER TRAVEL ALONE by R. A. Voss
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A gracefully written, travel-focused memoir with particular appeal for midlife and female readers."
In this collection of essays, the author taps into various travels as pivots for her midlife reflection. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 25, 2013

"A complex but clearly written account of abstract scientific theory recommended for readers interested in new realms of thought."
In his absorbing, informative collection of essays, Tolkowsky (Homage to Stretcher Bearer, 2009) examines the connection between technology and metaphysics, focusing specifically on the history of flight. Read full book review >
I KNOW I HEARD A MUCKLE by Bob Buhl
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 17, 2013

"A lighthearted compilation that will especially appeal to those who, like Buhl, are members of the baby boomer generation."
A collection of the author's humorous newspaper columns. Read full book review >
ReMaking America by Richard McCormack
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 10, 2013

"A sophisticated, persuasive argument that 'Made in America' means a stronger America."
In a series of essays, a team of experts argues that a robust manufacturing sector is necessary to keep the American dream alive. Read full book review >
I WEAR THE BLACK HAT by Chuck Klosterman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 9, 2013

"A fine return to form for Klosterman, blending Big Ideas with heavy metal, The Wire, Batman and much more."
Of John Rawls and Keith Richards: Klosterman (The Visible Man, 2011, etc.) returns with a pop-culture-laden meditation on the bad guys of the world and what they mean. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >