Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 15)

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 >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A moving, wistful, uniquely entertaining tribute."
A chorus of fascinating and mostly thoughtful voices reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >
A READER'S BOOK OF DAYS by Tom Nissley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Just the thing for the book collector and trivia buff in the family."
A calendar and treasure trove for the bookish among us, marking events in literary history great and small, writers' birthdays and death dates, and the like. Read full book review >
THE MOST OF NORA EPHRON by Nora Ephron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A delightful collection from a unique, significant American writer."
A thick collection of writings by the iconic Ephron (I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, 2010, etc.), a year after her much-mourned death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >