Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

FALLEN LEAVES by Will Durant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Short but persuasive commentaries on a diversity of topics from a respected scholar of humanity."
Final messages of wisdom from a well-known scholar. Read full book review >
MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED by David B. Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"Scholarship or scrapbook? This memoir with a mission suffers from an identity crisis."
A fascinating though fragmented look at the extraordinary life of visionary feminist Merlin Stone (1931-2011). Read full book review >

ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"That sense of joy infuses these gentle essays. 'Old age sits in a chair,' writes Hall, 'writing a little and diminishing.' For the author, writing has been, and continues to be, his passionate revenge against diminishing."
The writing life at age 85. Read full book review >
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Michael Hofmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism."
A noted critic celebrates the arts. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER by Norman Mailer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"An intriguing look at a particularly influential life of letters and a treat for Mailer fans."
The late literary lion's archivist shares 70 years of his missives. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >