Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

FIELD RECORDINGS FROM THE INSIDE by Joe Bonomo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A largely unfocused and insular journey through Bonomo's experiences with pop music."
An unconventional investigation into the ways in which music influences our lives. Read full book review >
300 ARGUMENTS by Sarah Manguso
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A slim, poetic self-portrait that opens up as you read it and stays in the mind."
A writer's life, solitary and complex, broken apart—not into shards but puzzle pieces. Read full book review >

WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life."
Investigations into the struggles of rendering painful memories on the page. Read full book review >
YOU, TOO, COULD WRITE A POEM by David Orr
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Orr says the greatest compliment for any critic 'is to say that you found yourself thinking of his writing the next time you encountered a good poem.' He abundantly deserves that same praise."
Fresh, vigorous, spirited views on poets and their work. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Deeply admiring biography mixed with much supposition that ranges from thought-provoking to ridiculous."
An author who has published frequently on leadership and leaders—from the Founding Fathers to Vince Lombardi—returns with his second book about Lincoln's leadership (Lincoln on Leadership, 1992). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Suitable primarily for working journalists and others concerned with support of a free press, this is a provocative compendium of issues confronting journalism as new technologies pose an array of threats to independent reporting."
Forget going to jail to protect your source—the government can simply identify her through metadata. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"Readers may cavil with Athitakis' choices, but they can't question his research, erudition, and clarity of expression."
A collection of literary criticism that demonstrates how the Midwest of Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis has been significantly altered in the works of novelists who have explored the region in recent decades. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by David A. Moss
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A sterling educational tool that offers a fresh presentation of how 'democracy in America has always been a contact sport.'"
A vigorous civics lesson of 19 case studies that illustrate America's evolving democratic processes and institutions. Read full book review >
THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An enlightening exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art and literature."
How hundreds of stolen paintings affected 19th-century French writers. Read full book review >
HIGH NOTES by Gay Talese
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A worthy collection that would have benefitted from further effort from the book's editor and publisher."
A short anthology of features from acclaimed newspaperman and magazine writer Talese (The Voyeur's Motel, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
IMPRISONED by Arturo Benvenuti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Stark renderings that go beyond simple aesthetic judgment produced by some of the artists who perished in concentration camps."
A visual testament to the horrors of Nazi cruelty is revived a generation after it first appeared. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >