Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

OF ALL THAT ENDS by Günter Grass
by Günter Grass, translated by Breon Mitchell, illustrated by the author
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Fractured but elegant musings on dying and, most poignantly, living."
Last words and images from the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wide-ranging, irreverent, and absorbing meditation on thinking, knowing, and being."
What are we? That question informs the author's fertile inquiry into mind, brain, and imagination. Read full book review >

NAMING THY NAME by Elaine Scarry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Close readers of Shakespeare will respect Scarry's arduous homework but likely won't be convinced by her conclusions."
Who was the "young man" William Shakespeare addressed in his sonnets? Read full book review >
A LITERARY TOUR OF ITALY by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays."
A prolific novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and translator investigates "Italy's collective imagination." Read full book review >
TALKING GOD by Gary Gutting
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An exceptional introduction to the philosophical questions surrounding God and atheism."
Approachable, civilized discussions about the existence of God. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An intimate and entertaining look at a fake-news program whose caustic, witty alchemy remains missed by many."
A lively oral history of The Daily Show focused on Jon Stewart's improbable transformation from basic-cable comic to progressive conscience. Read full book review >
EAT LIVE LOVE DIE by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dazzling showcase for Fussell's delicious ability to 'taste...words with the kind of pleasure that turns cooking fires into the fires of love.'"
The idiosyncratic food writer harvests some of her best work in a savory collection that doubles as a memoir and declaration of faith. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC by Haruki Murakami
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A work that general readers will enjoy and the musical cognoscenti will devour."
The edited texts of six engaging conversations about music between the celebrated Japanese writer and the noted conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years. Read full book review >
MY LOST POETS by Philip Levine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Like his poetry, Levine's essays are generous, honest, and real."
One of our finest poets recalls a life well lived in poetry. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPES by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Although Landscapes requires some observational flexibility to experience with a feeling of cohesion, these worldly essays are timeless, inspiring works of critical observation."
Landscapes in the loosest, most metaphorical sense of the term, this illuminating compilation of essays by Berger (Portraits, 2015, etc.) aims to situate a range of art criticism into an accessible realm. Read full book review >
TREASURE PALACES by Maggie Fergusson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing."
What makes a museum special? Read full book review >
BRESSON ON BRESSON by Robert Bresson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A terrific encapsulation of the philosophies and techniques behind the cinematic masterpieces of Robert Bresson, from the man himself."
Reflections of a cinematic grandmaster. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >