Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN ESSAY by John D’Agata
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2016

"The editors of the Norton anthologies need not worry: their position in literature and in the market remains secure."
A literary anthology and textbook incorporating some three dozen presumably teachable essays—some of which are not essays at all. Read full book review >
THE ABUNDANCE by Annie Dillard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2016

"From the vantage point of her 70th year, this collection is a testament to a lifetime of doing just that."
A collection of essays that serve as a solid introduction to a writer blessed with an all-consuming consciousness steeped in both faith and science. Read full book review >

SAVE ROOM FOR PIE by Roy Blount Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2016

"More soufflé than pie at times but good fun."
Humorist Blount (Alphabetter Juice: Or, the Joy of Text, 2011, etc.) serves up helpings of praise to food in a collection of yarns and poems.Read full book review >
SO SAD TODAY by Melissa Broder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Sordid, compulsively readable entries that lay bare a troubled soul painstakingly on the mend."
Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and addiction all resonate in this outspoken collection of essays. Read full book review >
LADIES NIGHT AT THE DREAMLAND by Sonja Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Wise, fresh, captivating essays."
Radiant essays inspired by "slivers and bits" of real women's lives. Read full book review >

You Can't Un-Ring the Bell by Shirley J. Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2016

"A well-intentioned but meandering meditation on pain and healing."
A seasoned psychologist offers wisdom and experience about facing life's hardships in this compact self-help volume. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2016

"A lengthy manifesto for AMCAP that lays out a vision for an ascendant black America."
Rempson (Minority Access to Higher Education In N.Y. City, 1972) examines what he sees as the root causes of education and economic-mobility gaps that affect African-American males.Read full book review >
WE ARE AFGHAN WOMEN by George W. Bush Presidential Center
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A galvanizing collection of a traumatized population learning to believe in itself."
A compilation of committed Afghan women voices that underscores the great advances made in women's lives and the arduous job still ahead. Read full book review >
THE SELECTED LETTERS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER by William Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"As with many volumes of selected letters, this one is studded with interesting material but patchy overall."
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) scholar Anderson (River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain, 2003, etc.) presents a collection of her heretofore unpublished personal and business letters.Read full book review >
THE WAYS OF THE WORLD by David Harvey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 2, 2016

"The dense doses of Marxist theory will be fairly unapproachable to readers not well-versed with the socialist thinker, but Harvey writes clearly, leading to understanding, albeit only with intense concentration and perhaps multiple readings."
Harvey (Anthropology and Geography/CUNY Graduate Center; Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, 2014, etc.) employs the theories of Karl Marx to explain the genesis of political and economic problems in nations relying on private markets.Read full book review >
THE FACE by Ruth Ozeki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"Saving face, face value, and putting on a brave face will all resonate differently with readers of this quirky, philosophical series."
Three titles inaugurate a new series of short paperbacks offering meditations on the author's face. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2016

"A shrewd, illuminating, and entertaining exploration of the twisted roots of writerly creativity."
Behind the gangsters, corrupt plutocrats, stoic gumshoes, and femmes fatales hovers Dr. Sigmund Freud, who masterminds the mayhem in classic private-eye stories, according to this study in Freudian lit-crit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >