Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

Love Hurts by Tricia Reeks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, wide-ranging collection of consistently strong genre stories."
In this anthology of short speculative fiction, debut editor Reeks gathers 26 stories about love—and the jealousy, sacrifice, and pain that can haunt even the most devoted hearts. Read full book review >
AND YET... by Christopher Hitchens
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A parting shot? Just as with rock bands that seem to have done more farewell tours than pre-farewell performances, there's probably more in the vault—but in this case, that's a very good thing indeed."
Hitherto uncollected journalistic pieces, much along the lines of Arguably (2011), in which the late, great, much-missed Hitchens (Mortality, 2012, etc.) takes stock of the world.Read full book review >

THE SPECTACLE OF SKILL by Robert Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The collection serves as a fine introduction to—and commemoration of—an incisive cultural critic."
Trenchant reflections on life and art from an award-winning critic and historian. Read full book review >
THIS OLD MAN by Roger Angell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"As this ebullient and eloquent collection amply shows, Angell can deftly touch that reader, on whom he bestows this lovely gift."
A miscellany of memorable prose. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Worthy of Studs Terkel and an essential addition to the books of the Dead."
Coming on its 50th anniversary and just after the band's farewell tour, an engaging, near-comprehensive oral history of the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >

LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TYPEWRITER by Fergus Fleming
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Essential for fans of the James Bond books. And who isn't a fan?"
A collection of letters from the creator of Bond, James Bond. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lucid, sinewy sentences lash, tickle, and caress."
A veteran essayist for the New York Times collects some gems from his pile of precious—though not always popular—stones.Read full book review >
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >
PORTRAITS by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although some of the more mannered pieces don't work as well as others, it's always Berger's unique, captivating mind on display in these unabashedly personal essays—and that never disappoints."
A Berger sampler: the esteemed art critic offers up personal portraits of a wide array of well-known and lesser-known artists and art works. Read full book review >
REPORTING ALWAYS by Lillian Ross
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readable and rewarding and, though more than a touch old-fashioned, full of exemplary reporting."
An anthology of New Yorker stories form a living bridge to journalism's golden age—which, as it happens, wasn't all that long ago.Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S GUITAR AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A memoir/essay collection of consistently heartfelt and enlightening morsels of humanity."
Creatively dispatched memories from a noted essayist and fiction writer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >