Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 2)

DECIPHERING THE NEW ANTISEMITISM by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
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Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A source book that will be of special value to those who see and are concerned about the new anti-Semitism."
An old, noxious contagion of prejudice is on a rapid, virulent rise. These scholarly essays, collected by Rosenfeld (English and Jewish Studies/Indiana Univ.; The End of the Holocaust, 2011, etc.), review the epidemiology of anti-Semitism and seek to determine the etiology, roots, and history of this special form of bigotry.Read full book review >
SHAME AND WONDER by David Searcy
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Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Ultimately, meaning and mystery coexist in Searcy's mind, and his offbeat, exciting writing will resonate with readers for whom 'you never know' and 'who knew?' might be mantras."
A Texas essayist goes looking for meaning in all the right places. Read full book review >

WE NEED SILENCE TO FIND OUT WHAT WE THINK by Shirley Hazzard
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Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A rich, urbane, insightful collection."
Masterful essays from an award-winning fiction writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A slight, breezy memoir that delves into serious subjects."
A dying mother puts a middle-aged humorist more in touch with his own mortality. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO COULD CHANGE THE WORLD by Aaron Swartz
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Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An important record of forward-looking thought cut short."
Collected writings of Aaron Swartz (1986-2013), prescient programmer and technology critic. Read full book review >

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT by Al Roker
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Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Sincere stories of life as working parents who value family above all else."
Well-known journalists Roker (The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900, 2015, etc.) and Roberts team up to bring readers an intimate look into their family life.Read full book review >
WHERE WE BELONG by Hoda Kotb
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Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Occasionally inspiring but fatally uneven."
The Today show fourth hour co-anchor and Dateline NBC correspondent offers encouragement to those who are unfulfilled with their lives to break through the "gray clouds of frustration and worry" and "create a life that's both fun and rewarding."Read full book review >
Many Heads and Many Hands by Mau VanDuren
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Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Though informative, this book is in need of tighter structure and a more focused narrative to deliver on its intriguing premise."
From debut author VanDuren, an examination of how the evolution of Dutch law and government influenced the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. Read full book review >
THE CITY AT THREE P.M. by Peter LaSalle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"An up-and-down collection of essays on what a fiction writer does when he isn't writing fiction."
A collection of what could be called literary travel criticism. Read full book review >
A MANNER OF BEING by Annie Liontas
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Released: Dec. 12, 2015

"While too eccentric to succeed as a general handbook for mentoring and being mentored—sage aphorisms and sound guidance are often weakened by wanderings and pretension—the book does offer arresting memories and useful advice on navigating the writing life."
An anthology of personal recollections by writers of their mentors. Read full book review >
THE CHALLENGE OF THINGS by A.C. Grayling
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Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A spirited collection of provocative pathways."
A new collection of essays from Grayling (Philosophy/New Coll. of the Humanities, London; The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism, 2014, etc.), whose distinguished record of accomplishments in the humanities and public service is recognized internationally.Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION by Ru Freeman
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Released: Dec. 3, 2015

"A vibrant, high-spirited collection that will appeal to those on one side of this complex geopolitical conundrum."
An anthology calling upon American writers to address the plight of the Palestinians. 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 >