Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

A MANNER OF BEING by Annie Liontas
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
THE STONE READER by Peter Catapano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Serious pieces that serve as counterweights to the frothy blogosphere."
Philosophy made relevant by writers grappling with thorny issues. Read full book review >
BETTER THAN FICTION 2 by Don George
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Pleasant narrative adventures for the armchair traveler."
A Lonely Planet editor's compendium of 30 travel essays by an eclectic group of contemporary fiction writers. Read full book review >

Until My Heart Stops by Jameson Currier
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A remarkable collection of hard-earned, melancholic wisdom."
Novelist Currier (A Gathering Storm, 2014, etc.) collects four decades of essays in this nonfiction volume.Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell."
Valediction from the late neurologist and writer Sacks (On the Move: A Life, 2015, etc.).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 >
ABOUT WOMEN by Lisa Alther
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Entertaining, informative conversations between two women friends."
Two longtime friends discuss their lives and the world around them. 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 >
THE QUARRY by Susan Howe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"For fans of Howe's poetry and readers fascinated by artistic process."
Accomplished New England poet Howe (Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, 2013, etc.) channels her personal story through a series of singular creative sources.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 >