Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

THE NEEDLE'S EYE by Fanny Howe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A slim volume that roams across continents, genres, and centuries to convey that which is so difficult to express."
An allusive and elusive collection of meditations on being and becoming, rites of passage, boys and the men they become. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A SONG by Marc Myers
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An entertaining record of the soundtrack of the baby boomer era."
A cultural history of the elusive hit single, focused on artists' recollections and studio alchemy. Read full book review >

LITERARY WONDERLANDS by Laura Miller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An encyclopedic look at literary landscapes featuring an encyclopedia's breadth and lack of depth."
A stroll through 98 of "the greatest fictional worlds ever created." Read full book review >
WHEN CHURCHILL SLAUGHTERED SHEEP AND STALIN ROBBED A BANK by Giles Milton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Perfect for bathroom reading or a doctor's waiting room."
The British journalist continues to collect little-known events and factoids from history. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Diligently researched and relevant to canine owners and animal scientists alike; a serious addition to dog health literature."
A debut book explores the dog obesity "epidemic." Read full book review >

THREE TIDES by Cecile Pineda
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An odd, disjointed memoir/guidebook about writing."
What is introduced as a writing guide becomes something very different in its execution. Read full book review >
FRANTUMAGLIA by Elena Ferrante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Not a good entrance point for readers unfamiliar with the author's work, but devotees will surely pore over the bits and pieces in an effort to arrive one step closer at understanding the phenomenon that is Ferrante fever."
An assemblage of correspondence and interviews provides Ferrante-curious readers with a look into the mind and methods of the reclusive author. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK by Julie Scelfo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An eclectic assortment of women make for an entertaining read."
An exuberant celebration of more than 100 women who shaped the myths and realities of New York City. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >
A LOWCOUNTRY HEART by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pleasant last words from a highly regarded author who loved his life."
A collection of blog entries by the late, beloved novelist, along with a miscellany of speeches, interviews, and writings by and about him. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"If DeWees' goal is to encourage 'a bookshelf full of new titles,' she succeeds in planting the seed that there are many treasures out there waiting for a second chance."
Debut author DeWees brings back to life seven Victorian women writers with the hope of proving them worthy of shelf space alongside Austen and the Brontës. Read full book review >
<i>VANITY FAIR</i>'S WRITERS ON WRITERS by Graydon Carter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"You'll be forgiven for thinking that a place in national politics or pro hockey would be a more restful and attainable aspiration, but this collection is essential to anyone thinking of taking up the writer's trade."
A coked-up Capote, a torn-apart Tartt, a bellowing Bellow: longtime Vanity Fair editor Carter assembles shimmering pieces on the literary life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >