Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 4)

TABLE TALK by Wendy Lesser
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An invigorating collection of passionate, spirited voices."
Pithy literary musings on art, culture, politics and life selected from the Threepenny Review's Table Talk section.Read full book review >
I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG by David Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A stimulating intellectual interaction with lots of heart."
Two writers—one successful, the other still working on it—venture into the woods over the course of four days with one objective in mind: Argue so well that people will want to read about it. Read full book review >

RIVER OF INK by Thomas Christensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An uneven collection enlivened by some bright spots."
Assorted essays about people, places and ideas. Read full book review >
FALLEN LEAVES by Will Durant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Short but persuasive commentaries on a diversity of topics from a respected scholar of humanity."
Final messages of wisdom from a well-known scholar. Read full book review >
MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED by David B. Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"Scholarship or scrapbook? This memoir with a mission suffers from an identity crisis."
A fascinating though fragmented look at the extraordinary life of visionary feminist Merlin Stone (1931-2011). Read full book review >

ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"That sense of joy infuses these gentle essays. 'Old age sits in a chair,' writes Hall, 'writing a little and diminishing.' For the author, writing has been, and continues to be, his passionate revenge against diminishing."
The writing life at age 85. Read full book review >
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Michael Hofmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism."
A noted critic celebrates the arts. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER by Norman Mailer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"An intriguing look at a particularly influential life of letters and a treat for Mailer fans."
The late literary lion's archivist shares 70 years of his missives. Read full book review >
MORE THAN A SCORE by Jesse Hagopian
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Essays, speeches and interviews also come from students, parents and government officials, providing a comprehensive guide to the pitfalls of standardized testing, with arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer."
A collection of writings about and against the educational model of standardized testing. Read full book review >
EVER YOURS by Vincent van Gogh
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"More context would have been appreciated, but the choices are illuminating of an iconic artist."
The artist's troubled life revealed in letters. Read full book review >
TRANSFORMING FAITH by Fred Howard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A profound, moving take on faith in an age that often vehemently challenges it."
A deeply meditative gathering of essays that reflects on one man's lifelong wrangling with his spirituality. Read full book review >
IDIOTS & CHILDREN by Diana Estill
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"A relatable, if uneven, collection that depicts a life in fluid, chatty prose."
In this collection of 25 lighthearted personal essays, Estill (This Can't Be Normal, 2013) shares her observations on myriad aspects of daily life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >