Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

CALLINGS by Dave Isay
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"Inspiring, insightful, and thoroughly readable."
A distinguished public radio producer's collection of conversations with Americans who "found…their way to doing exactly what they were meant to do with their lives." Read full book review >
APPROVAL JUNKIE by Faith Salie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Funny, touching essays on being a multifaceted woman with unique dreams, desires, and needs."
A TV and radio host acknowledges her need to be liked and tells how she's worked hard to overcome this. Read full book review >

FAR AND AWAY by Andrew Solomon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer's heart."
A veteran journalist and travel writer collects pieces dating back to the late 1980s. Read full book review >
CONGRESS, PRESIDENTS, AND AMERICAN POLITICS by Lee H. Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2016

"The book—essentially an encapsulation of the author's philosophy of politics and politicians—is a good choice for those who want to believe in government again."
A U.S. Representative from Indiana for 34 years reviews the best of the commentaries he sent to his constituents during his years in office. Read full book review >
SOMETHINGTOFOODABOUT by Ahmir Thompson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 12, 2016

"An enjoyable, frequently surprising exploration of creativity."
A musician talks to renowned chefs about work, inspiration, and tastes. Read full book review >

LIVES OF THE POETS (WITH GUITARS) by Ray Robertson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite the title adapted from Samuel Johnson and the occasional reference to Aristotle or Kierkegaard, Robertson does not strain to justify the music as poetry in this solid collection of essays."
A Canadian novelist illuminates the lives and careers of musicians he loves in a dozen critical essays. Read full book review >
CITY SQUARES by Catie Marron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 12, 2016

"They're not all hits, but this is a worthy celebration of the 'one essential urban space.'"
Literary disquisitions on a fundamental feature of urban life: the public square. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Boilen's warm, engaging voice pervades this treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with nearly three dozen musicians about the life-altering songs that inspired their musical careers. Read full book review >
WIND SPRINTS by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2016

"Another subtitle might have been Healthful Snacks, for these bite-size pieces are both enjoyable to ingest and good for you."
A master of the essay form returns with a collection of brief pieces spanning nearly 20 years, 1996 to 2015. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIMES by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Given the autobiographical design of the collection, it may seem churlish to attack the book for going where the author so often has gone before; yet Harrison is self-aware to the point of self-absorption and self-effacing to a fault. However, the author's intelligence shines, and these ruminations may encourage some to confront their own anxieties."
Memoirist and novelist Harrison (Creative Writing/Hunter Coll.; Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, 2014, etc.) again taps the well of her personal life for a series of essays dealing with long-standing preoccupations and compulsive navel-gazing, the result being an alternately compelling and uncomfortable reading experience.Read full book review >
THE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE by Bethanne Patrick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2016

"An inspiring collection that will make a perfect gift for an aspiring writer or devoted reader."
A book about books and why people read them. Read full book review >
CRUSH by Cathy Alter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 2016

"The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories."
A few dozen writers recall their childhood infatuations with celebrated media stars or iconic characters (literary or animated) and how these crushes influenced their future lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >