Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

Hallucinabulia by Thomas Wictor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Remembered, surreal dreams become the prose equivalent of Salvador Dali paintings and films."
A detailed diary of Wictor's (Ghosts and Ballyhoo: Memoirs of a Failed L.A. Music Journalist, 2013, etc.) surreal dreams and nightmares, which reflect his dysfunctional love life and personal demons as a struggling LA music journalist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"A rich, scholarly, instructive reminder that there's always more to learn about Honest Abe."
A comprehensive collection of documents describing and characterizing the special bond between the 16th president and many American Jews before and after his death. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A bonbon for fans but a legacy better served by more substantive journalism."
Journalist and critic Rowlands (Paris Was Ours, 2011, etc.) delivers a collection of light-as-a-feather remembrances of the Beatles' British invasion. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In the introduction, the editors write, "There's nothing like a good love story to connect us to one another and also help satisfy our curiosity about the lives of others." This collection proves the honesty in that assertion."
A companion anthology to Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (2012), this time from a male perspective. Read full book review >
AN EXPLORER'S NOTEBOOK by Tim Flannery
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Accessible, provocative and well worth investigating."
An eminent Australian scientist and environmentalist's collection of 33 highly readable essays and book reviews published between 1985 and 2012.  Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Amusing and heartening."
A lively, anecdotal examination of the mystifying and treacherous landscape of dating and love. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Le Blanc's cogent, well-informed essay sums up the book's main thrust: Only a politically aware, socially committed populace can effect important and lasting change."
Passionate essays imagining a socialist America. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"If Florida is the poster child for a nation's fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state's galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy."
Miami Herald columnist and best-selling novelist Hiaasen (Bad Monkey, 2013, etc.) wages a relentless war of words against those who would despoil his home state and cheapen a nation: the greedy, the corrupt and the stupid. Read full book review >
HAM by Sam Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Entertaining and occasionally moving tales from the wilds of showbiz."
One of America's first reality stars taps his way through five decades of life on stage filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Read full book review >
WHY I READ by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A gift of pleasure from one reader to another."
A lover of books reflects on her abiding passion. Read full book review >
THE BABY BOOM by P.J. O’Rourke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

""Our genius is being funny," writes the author of his generation, but such genius is in short supply here."
What should have been easy picking for the satirist isn't nearly as funny or perceptive as his best work. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"While there have been numerous good works chronicling the revolution, this adds an emotional, personal layer to the myriad voices."
The Arab Revolution rendered in intimate vignettes from the young people organizing, demonstrating and suffering for their yearning for freedom. Read full book review >