Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

MORAL IMAGINATION by David Bromwich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2014

"Bibliophiles, scholars and concerned citizens—all will find provocation and enlightenment here."
A collection of (mostly) recent essays that range in focus from moral philosophy to American history to book reviews to op-ed. Read full book review >
ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS by John Gierach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Elegiac tribute to the elusive art and ineffable pleasure of fly-fishing, with plenty of information about how it's done by true practitioners."
Passionate angler Gierach (No Shortage of Good Days, 2012, etc.) once again trolls for like-minded readers. Read full book review >

THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fierce, razor-sharp, heartwarming nonfiction debut."
A dazzling collection of essays on the human condition. Read full book review >
THE HARM IN ASKING by Sara Barron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 25, 2014

"Colorful but flippant. Hopefully, Barron will expand her range in her next collection."
In her second collection of humorous personal essays (People Are Unappealing, 2009), Barron continues to unpack the minutiae of her life. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by USC Shoah Foundation
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 24, 2014

"An informative coffee table book for film buffs and those interested in Jewish history."
The story behind the making of Schindler's List and the development of a foundation dedicated to sharing Holocaust testimonies. Read full book review >

CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND OTHER DANGEROUS IDEAS by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"Sunstein seemingly never runs out of ideas. Many of them are solid, some of them are debatable and a few are even provocative, but calling them "dangerous" says more about the bankrupt state of our current civic dialogue than it does about the author and his ideas."
Supposedly controversial essays from an allegedly dangerous man. Read full book review >
THE HARD WAY ON PURPOSE by David Giffels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"These seasoned dispatches convey an important narrative of regional marginalization; Giffels' work deserves to avoid that fate."
Appealing, original fusion of personal essay collection and Rust Belt post-mortem. Read full book review >
REVERTIGO by Floyd Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"At the age of 66, the author finds connections among these pieces that are stronger than those readers might discover."
A wide-ranging collection of literary essays in the guise of a memoir. Read full book review >
491 DAYS by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2014

"Taken together, these documents afford a chilling perspective on the Mandelas' personal and political struggles."
Journals and letters reveal a stark picture of brutality and injustice. Read full book review >
THIS IS WHERE WE CAME IN by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Although some pieces are slight, on the whole, reading Schwartz is like a pleasurable visit with a thoughtful and articulate friend."
A literary New Yorker shares her memories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mishmash, but even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity."
Another wide-ranging collection of funny essays about parenting—and "grammar, sex, camels, women, brain surgery, sex with women, how to become a professional author, airlines, Justin Bieber and death"—by best-selling humorist Barry (Insane City, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
UGANDA BE KIDDING ME by Chelsea Handler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Fans of Handler's outrageous persona will find much to enjoy; the unconverted will remain so."
Further globe-trotting adventures of the scandalous talk show host. Read full book review >