Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

FIRST LADIES by Susan Swain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though presented in a stilted fashion, all the portraits are rendered with sympathy and detail."
Selections from the popular yearlong C-SPAN series exploring the lives of the first ladies, each offering conversational, somewhat truncated viewpoints by various historians. Read full book review >
TWO by Ann Patchett
edited by Ann Patchett, photographed by Melissa Ann Pinney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2015

"A quietly ambitious multimedia production that doesn't quite live up to its potential."
Salt-of-the-earth collection of photos paired with loosely related essays by contemporary literary luminaries. Read full book review >

THE CARTOON INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY by Michael F. Patton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2015

"A fun, clear and clever introduction to the rich history of philosophy in the Western world."
An obscure, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher takes readers down the long river of philosophy, explaining movements, theories, breakthroughs and ethics with the help of a few special guest stars. Read full book review >
VERY GOOD LIVES by J.K. Rowling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2015

"That second matter is a point that could stand elaboration. On the strength of this sharp, inspirational piece, we hope that Rowling will add a book of essays to her CV."
Harry Potter's creator faces a crowd of uber-Muggles—the graduating class of Harvard University—whom she enjoins to stretch their minds and be awesome. Read full book review >
EVERY FATHER'S DAUGHTER by Margaret McMullan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 9, 2015

"Consistently elucidating portraits."
A collection of essays on the father-daughter dynamic. Read full book review >

AFTER THE TALL TIMBER by Renata Adler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2015

"Although this volume amply reveals the author's attention to language and commitment to politically engaged journalism, many pieces seem dated, and a few are tediously long."
A collection of articles by an outspoken writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A snappy, potty-mouthed guidebook for stressed-out mommies."
A tongue-in-cheek guide to surviving modern motherhood. Read full book review >
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER by Ann Imig
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2015

"The essays are short, which enables the book to cover a lot of ground, but they also pack a strong emotional punch—and they're almost certain to leave any mother feeling less alone."
A collection of personal essays about the importance of connecting mothers to each other for support. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF IMAGES by Charles Simic
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2015

"Lucid, lyrical, educative and engaging virtually all areas of the brain."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist and translator presents a motley, intriguing collection of nonfiction pieces from the past 30 years. Read full book review >
SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF-ABSORBED by Meghan Daum
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2015

"A courageous defense of childlessness and a necessary corrective to the Cult of Mommy, but Daum's collection could have benefitted from a more diverse pool of contributors and a fuller consideration of contrary opinions."
Daum (The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, 2014, etc.) compiles essays from a group of noted writers—including Kate Christensen, Geoff Dyer and Lionel Shriver—holding forth on the topic of deliberate childlessness.Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2015

"Not all the speeches break new ground, but they are uplifting in their overarching focus: There is important work to be done in this world, regardless of the large and small events of our lives."
A collection of recent graduation speeches meant to inspire, edited by New Press education editor Grove and recent Harvard grad Ostrer. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE FALL by Sonja Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"Livingston overcomes the collection's inconsistencies with her dexterity in addressing an impressive range of questions regarding humanity, femininity, and growing up in America."
Livingston (MFA Program/Univ. of Memphis; Ghostbread, 2009) weaves her own memories throughout ruminations on famous mythical goddesses and pop-culture icons to explore what becoming a woman means both for her—as a Roman Catholic girl coming of age in the late 1980s—and, more broadly, within the context of the real and fictitious women who surround her.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >