Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

IDEAS OF ORDER by Neil L. Rudenstine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Guilt, power, desire and sadism all feature in Rudenstine's authoritative, meticulously close reading of what he considers to be Shakespeare's majestic poems."
A new appraisal of Shakespeare's lyric poetry. Read full book review >
THE UNSPEAKABLE by Meghan Daum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An honest and humorously edgy collection."
A Los Angeles Times columnist unflinchingly probes some of her life's themes—"death, dogs, romance, children, lack of children [and] Joni Mitchell"—to find respite from "sentimentality and its discontents."Read full book review >

ROCKET AND LIGHTSHIP by Adam Kirsch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2014

"These incisive, deeply informed essays speak to the power of literature to illuminate, and transform, the world."
A critic asks why literature matters. Read full book review >
CITIZENS OF THE GREEN ROOM by Mark Leibovich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Humorous, incisive and very droll."
Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >