Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK by Julie Scelfo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An eclectic assortment of women make for an entertaining read."
An exuberant celebration of more than 100 women who shaped the myths and realities of New York City. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >

A LOWCOUNTRY HEART by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pleasant last words from a highly regarded author who loved his life."
A collection of blog entries by the late, beloved novelist, along with a miscellany of speeches, interviews, and writings by and about him. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"If DeWees' goal is to encourage 'a bookshelf full of new titles,' she succeeds in planting the seed that there are many treasures out there waiting for a second chance."
Debut author DeWees brings back to life seven Victorian women writers with the hope of proving them worthy of shelf space alongside Austen and the Brontës. Read full book review >
<i>VANITY FAIR</i>'S WRITERS ON WRITERS by Graydon Carter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"You'll be forgiven for thinking that a place in national politics or pro hockey would be a more restful and attainable aspiration, but this collection is essential to anyone thinking of taking up the writer's trade."
A coked-up Capote, a torn-apart Tartt, a bellowing Bellow: longtime Vanity Fair editor Carter assembles shimmering pieces on the literary life. Read full book review >

THE AFRICAN SVELTE by Daniel Menaker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An up-and-down yet mostly amusing collection. Many readers will skim the short analyses while enjoying the examples and illustrations."
Common expressions gain richness of meaning through mistakes in word usage. Read full book review >
THRILL ME by Benjamin Percy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Would-be writers will find Percy's passionate, pragmatic cheerleading inspiring and energizing."
An accomplished writer comes to the defense of genre. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS ON THE TRUE SHAKESPEARE by Gary Goldstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An unstuffy, stylistically refreshing Shakespeare study."
An erudite, persuasive debut study that makes a valuable contribution to the longtime debate over who authored William Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >
LOVE, H by Hettie Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"A fertile trove that needs a stronger framework."
Letters revealing the enduring friendship of two "beat chicks." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2016

"Not the last word on Beckett, Rosset, or Grove, but a vivid snapshot of a revolutionary era in the culture."
An evocative but somewhat slapdash scrapbook of documents and interviews concerning the iconoclastic publisher of Grove Press and his most famous author. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"In a review of Kent Haruf's Benediction, Le Guin remarks on a character's 'humor so dry it's almost ether.' That praise applies to Le Guin as well in a collection notable for its wit, unvarnished opinions, and passion."
Collected nonfiction by the prolific, multiaward-winning writer. Read full book review >
VITAL LITTLE PLANS by Jane Jacobs
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A timely volume that supports Jacobs' aim to 'stir up some independent thinking urgently needed as a wake-up call for America.' A perfect complement to Robert Kanigel's excellent biography, Eyes on the Street (2016)."
A collection of short pieces by an outspoken champion of urban diversity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >