Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors."
A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
SMOKE SNORT SWALLOW SHOOT by Jacob Hoye
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overwhelmingly sad and consistently vulgar anthology."
Rehashed tales of rock 'n' roll excess prove that even the most powerfully creative voices in music can be tone deaf about drug addiction. Read full book review >

SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An almost spectral text haunted by a past that never seems distant."
A revealing publication from the celebrated prose stylist. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG FARMER by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though the book may scare off almost as many prospective farmers as it encourages, the contributors argue their cases with an effective polemical tenor."
Longtime advocates of sustainable agriculture join with new voices for a comradely take on the challenging future of farming. Read full book review >
HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >

PAIN WOMAN TAKES YOUR KEYS, AND OTHER ESSAYS FROM A NERVOUS SYSTEM by Sonya Huber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2017

"Frank, thoughtful reflections that should resonate with the 47 percent of Americans reported to be living with chronic pain."
Meditative, intimate essays consider the experience of suffering. Read full book review >
ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES by Elena Passarello
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Passarello manages to chronicle humanity's cavalier exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals without getting preachy in the process—no mean feat. If only the entirety of the book reflected the gifts the author demonstrates at her best."
An essayist populates a bestiary of an ark with famous animals from history, all celebrated by humans even as we harnessed and exploited them. Read full book review >
PASSING TIME by Andrea Köhler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2017

"A lovely jeu d'esprit for those waiters who like their abeyance with a touch of the metaphysical."
What are we doing when we aren't doing anything? Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE by David Shields
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Uneven but mostly sharp and appealing."
An assortment of musings, cultural critiques, and memoir. Read full book review >
TRUMP'S AMERICA by Scott Dikkers
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Sure to appeal to Onion fans and anyone unhappy with our current president."
A founding editor of the Onion provides a satirical guide to surviving Donald Trump's America. Read full book review >
FIELD RECORDINGS FROM THE INSIDE by Joe Bonomo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A largely unfocused and insular journey through Bonomo's experiences with pop music."
An unconventional investigation into the ways in which music influences our lives. Read full book review >
300 ARGUMENTS by Sarah Manguso
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A slim, poetic self-portrait that opens up as you read it and stays in the mind."
A writer's life, solitary and complex, broken apart—not into shards but puzzle pieces. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >