Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 3, 2014

"A text that will appeal to philosophers and Kierkegaard-ians but will leave readers with more general interests feeling…anxious."
Noted Kierkegaard scholar, translator and biographer Hannay (Emeritus, Philosophy/Univ. of Oslo; Kierkegaard: A Biography, 2001) offers a new translation of a little-known but significant work (1944) about the relationship between sin and anxiety. Read full book review >
AMERICAN CORNBALL by Christopher Miller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A good-natured, entertaining read. It doesn't make Family Circus any funnier, but it explains good bits of Blondie and Snuffy Smith."
An alphabetical history of "things that used to make Americans laugh." Read full book review >

WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >
OTHERHOOD by Melanie Notkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A fun, sexy examination of why more women are remaining childless longer and what that means for their lives and society."
A frank, hopeful look inside the world of single, childless women facing the end of their fertility. Read full book review >
A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET by Madhulika Sikka
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Insightful, helpful comments on living with breast cancer."
A compilation of thoughts by a woman with breast cancer. Read full book review >

MFA VS NYC by Chad Harbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Essential insights, masterfully assembled, on the precarious state of American publishing."
A cast of literary professionals offers an entertaining bounty of experience, opinions and advice. Read full book review >
THE KENNAN DIARIES by Frank Costigliola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"Students of modern history will take great interest in this work, which ably straddles the frontiers of the personal, political and philosophical."
One of 20th-century America's most significant diplomats offers a window into his inner life and private concerns, fears and dreams. Read full book review >
LIFE by Lisa Sugarman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

In this collection of previously published opinion columns, Sugarman shares her gently humorous, inspirational musings about life. 

"I've got an incredibly long stream of consciousness with endless opinions on everything from life and parenting to relationships and health and everything in between," says Sugarman in this compendium of her "It Is What It Is" columns, originally published in the Marblehead Reporter, a Massachusetts regional newspaper. Read full book review >

A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY by W.G. Sebald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"This last word from the novelist provides a nice footnote on his own writing."
The late German novelist's essays of appreciation for writers and artists whose influences pervade his work. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ribon's numerous fans should welcome this retelling of "things she shouldn't share in public," now twined with her adult musings. For others, it's a tedious slog through a year in the life of a teenager who, as the author herself recalled, wrote obsessively, compulsively and constantly."
Blogger, TV writer, "retired derby girl [and] Wonder Killer" Ribon (You Take It from Here, 2013, etc.) provides a contemporary perspective on her younger self's most intimate teenage longings. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"You will be surprised, you will learn a lot, and indeed, you will have a higher quality of things to worry about."
As if we didn't have enough to worry about, an acclaimed website gleans sophisticated anxieties for our consideration from a cohort of well-educated, highly influential people. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Judiciously annotated with a biographical glossary of correspondents and an indispensable chronology, this volume may well inspire a Frost renaissance."
Letters illuminate the life of an iconic American poet. Read full book review >