Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Warm, shrewd and glowing with love for her son, these letters offer an indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman and her vanished world."
A mother's letters to her son illuminate British history. Read full book review >

GLOBAL MUCKRAKING by Anya Schiffrin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The incredible amount of work that Schiffrin put into the selection of the articles and those who explain them makes this a top-notch anthology of significant journalism."
This is no mere collection of exposés. It is a global look at the 20th-century writers who have dared to uncover stories of injustice and abuse. Read full book review >
WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of reading."
An artist investigates how we make meaning from words on a page. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 7, 2014

"Fantastical, atmospherically moody and Poe-like in its laudanum-fueled dreaminess."
An investigation of our first encounters with the giant squid, a creature "more bizarre than anything appearing in Star Wars." Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES TOO by Felice Picano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 19, 2014

"An intensely personal collection centered on the survivor of a fascinating, chaotic time."
Picano expands on the autobiographical essays of his previous book, True Stories (2011).In this sequel, Picano reflects on family, relationships and the various cities of his past, most notably New York, where he was active in the pre- and post-Stonewall gay community of lower Manhattan. Read full book review >
YOU ANIMAL MACHINE (THE GOLDEN GREEK) by Eleni Sikelianos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 3, 2014

"This is writing and reading as adventure, where every page can bring a different sort of revelation."
A wonderfully strange and inventive book by a professor and poet who combines various forms into an unclassifiable whole. Read full book review >
Phoning Home by Jacob M Appel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2014

"Entertaining, intelligent and compassionate essays that provoke reflection."
In these essays, a noted bioethicist takes a thoughtful, wry look at his personal life as a way to touch on larger issues. Read full book review >
FEARLESS GENIUS by Doug Menuez
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 27, 2014

"A vital piece of photographic history."
A pictorial and textual time machine documenting the driven personalities who pioneered the technological world from 1985 to 2000. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >