Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >