Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Worthy of Studs Terkel and an essential addition to the books of the Dead."
Coming on its 50th anniversary and just after the band's farewell tour, an engaging, near-comprehensive oral history of the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
THE GOOD BOOK by Andrew Blauner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A smug, disappointing collection."
A collection of essays—ranging from brief polemic to biography to short fiction—on the Bible. Read full book review >

THE MAD FEAST by Matthew Gavin Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Although Frank's riffs occasionally recall Gertrude Stein's dizzyingly obscure Tender Buttons, overall, he's produced a surprising, entertaining look at what Americans eat and why."
A journey in search of America's tastes. Read full book review >
KNITTING PEARLS by Ann Hood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"A sad and sweet look at knitting that will appeal to crafters and writers alike."
Writers share their thoughts on knitting in this meditative essay collection edited by Hood (An Italian Wife, 2014, etc.), a follow-up to the editor's previous Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013).Read full book review >
LETTERS TO VÉRA by Vladimir Nabokov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"Fans of Nabokov, and certainly scholars, will be captivated by these intimate expressions of the writer's heart and mind."
Portrait of a marriage, revealed through a legendary writer's letters to his wife. Read full book review >

LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE PUBLISHER by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A treat for book lovers, especially those who lust for the productions of Feltrinelli, Bompiani, and, of course, Adelphi."
The eminent Italian litteratus and publisher brings learning and passion to this chronicle of the business of getting books into the hands of readers. Read full book review >
CENSORSHIP NOW!! by Ian F. Svenonius
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"For the author's fans and disaffected teenagers of vaguely leftist impulses."
Rant 'n' roll from D.C. musician/writer/broadcaster Svenonius (Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, 2013, etc.), who's not at all happy with the world as it is.Read full book review >
THE TIME OF OUR LIVES by Peggy Noonan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Noonan is quick to generalize, to soak sentences in nostalgia, and to ignore contradictory or uncomfortable evidence, but she does provide moments that pierce and sentences that linger."
A former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal assembles pieces from her long career as a conservative political voice. Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TYPEWRITER by Fergus Fleming
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Essential for fans of the James Bond books. And who isn't a fan?"
A collection of letters from the creator of Bond, James Bond. Read full book review >
BRAVE ENOUGH by Cheryl Strayed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"These platitudes need perspective; better to buy the books they came from."
A lightweight collection of self-help snippets from the bestselling author. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lucid, sinewy sentences lash, tickle, and caress."
A veteran essayist for the New York Times collects some gems from his pile of precious—though not always popular—stones.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >