Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

LOITERING by Charles D’Ambrosio
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Erudite essays that plumb the hearts of many contemporary darknesses."
An essayist and short story writer returns with a collection of pieces ranging in subject from whaling to a Russian orphanage to J.D. Salinger. Read full book review >
THE WORLD SPLIT OPEN by Editors of Tin House
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With eloquence and grace, highly acclaimed authors ponder the complexities of the writer's life and art form."
Writers reflect on the reasons they write. Read full book review >

SMALL VICTORIES by Anne Lamott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Sage advice on finding beauty and happiness in life despite bad circumstances."
Honest, witty essays on the hidden blessings in life. Read full book review >
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TROUBLE AND SPACIOUSNESS by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"In her 2006 commencement talk at the University of California, Solnit implored new graduates to remake the universe by changing stories of the past and reinventing stories for the future; that advice informs these thoughtful, eloquent and often inspiring essays."
In her latest collection of previously published essays, Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me, 2014, etc.) explores troubled and troubling spaces and places that illuminate her concerns about community and power.Read full book review >
PALESTINE SPEAKS by Mateo Hoke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A sympathetic view of Palestinians not to be mistaken for objective reporting."
An oral history of life in Gaza and the West Bank, obtained through interviews conducted over a period of nearly four years, lets a diversity of Palestinians speak their minds about their situations. Read full book review >

THE ANNOTATED MIXTAPE by Joshua Harmon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Harmon's dedication as a collector will be appreciated by any audiophile, but his essays lack cohesion and continuity, making the collection feel too insular."
An obsessive record collector's personal essays categorized by song. Read full book review >
A FAMILY SKETCH AND OTHER PRIVATE WRITINGS by Mark Twain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Of interest to Twain scholars and die-hard fans but not to a general audience."
A collection of writings by Twain, his wife and his eldest daughter that depict the day-to-day life of one of America's most beloved writers and his family. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"Inga joins the leagues of essayists who make the mundane truly entertaining."
An irreverent debut collection of essays on the quotidian details of family life. Read full book review >
BOMB by Betsy Sussler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Interviews that range from sparklers to Roman candles to skyrockets and beyond."
A co-founder and editor in chief of Bomb, the quarterly devoted to artists and writers, offers a wide-ranging selection of interviews—author on author—that spans the history of the journal.Read full book review >
BOHEMIANS, BOOTLEGGERS, FLAPPERS, AND SWELLS by Graydon Carter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into occasionally, this collection serves as a fine primer to one magazine's contribution to a golden age of American magazine writing."
A collection of a wide range of Vanity Fair articles ranging from 1914 to 1936, when the Great Depression forced the magazine to merge with Vogue. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Lightweight but informative, like a classy commemorative."
The author of A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps (2013) returns with a similar volume for the United States. Read full book review >
BEST FOOD WRITING 2014 by Holly Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Consistent in quality and enthusiasm, Hughes again delivers a cornucopia of varietal amusements for foodophiles whose palates crave invigorating interpretations and perspectives."
The 14th installment of a series known for dynamic, immersive food writing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >