Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

Admissions by Design by Lisa Fisher
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 29, 2016

"An alternative approach to college admissions, focused more on self-knowledge than tests, essays, and recommendations."
A college counselor advises students on a more mindful approach to choosing a college and career. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2016

"A colorful account of the rise of Islamic radicals in Afghanistan."
This first installment of a two-volume history tracks the ascent of Afghanistan as a hotbed for terrorism. Read full book review >

UPSTAIRS AT THE STRAND by Jessica Strand
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 21, 2016

"An array of authors edifies their fans at the home of the flourishing last survivor of Gotham's grand old Book Row."
New York's grand repository of millions of used and rare books has been the venue for readings by dozens of notable writers over the years, and many have stayed for the conversations recorded here. Read full book review >
A LOADED GUN by Jerome Charyn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"While much is speculation, Charyn's ardent sleuthing yields a daring portrait of the elusive 'enchantress' and her world."
A writer obsessed with the Belle of Amherst imagines her rich, sensual inner life. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >