Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >

THE GETAWAY CAR by Donald E. Westlake
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2014

"Westlake kept a list of possible book titles, the last of which was Read Me. It would have been just the right one for this bright, witty book."
Assorted selections from a beloved crime writer. Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >
THEATER OF CRUELTY by Ian Buruma
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A unique intelligence encounters the uniqueness of art and culture, and readers are the beneficiaries."
Buruma (Human Rights and Journalism/Bard Coll.; Year Zero: A History of 1945, 2013, etc.) presents a series of essays on a variety of cultural subjects— simmering below all: war and destruction. Read full book review >

INSURRECTIONS OF THE MIND by Franklin Foer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"As this rich anthology shows, the debate over the meaning, viability and political effectiveness of liberalism continues—and not only in the pages of the New Republic."
What is liberalism? One magazine has grappled with that question for a century. Read full book review >
STUDY IN PERFECT by Sarah Gorham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A contemplative, lyrical, splendid collection."
Essays and musings considering the elusive and evocative idea of perfection. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS by Editors of n+1
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sometimes-angry, always intelligent, deeply earnest, n+1, protesting against the glib, the slick and the trendy, is well-represented by this articulate collection."
The editors of the feisty literary journal celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Ruhl's musings may remind readers of Lydia Davis' aphoristic short stories: fresh, piquant and slyly irreverent."
An acclaimed playwright reflects on her art and craft. Read full book review >
THE FAME LUNCHES by Daphne Merkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >
MASTERFUL MARKS by Monte Beauchamp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"There's always a hit-or-miss quality to such projects, and some question over the selections, but what's great here is really terrific."
Graphic biographies of 16 of the most influential cartoonists by some of the great cartoonists they influenced. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS by Greil Marcus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essayistic, occasionally disconnected, but Marcus does what he does best: makes us feel smarter about what we're putting into our ears."
Another allusive, entertaining inquiry by veteran musicologist Marcus (The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >