Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

THE MEANING OF THE LIBRARY by Alice Crawford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rich, informative, and engaging collection."
The invention and reinvention of libraries. Read full book review >
KEEPERS by Richard Schickel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 23, 2015

"Schickel found writing this collection 'a rather playful business'; readers will find it infused with his joy."
A noted critic celebrates the pleasure of movies. Read full book review >

Suicide by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 2015

"A brief yet erudite and compellingly original survey that will provoke both personal thought and lively group discussion."
A unique dialectic on the contentious phenomenon of suicide from a noted British philosopher and academic. Read full book review >
MY GENERATION by William Styron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 2, 2015

"Wide-ranging, lucid, and incisive."
A rich collection by an estimable writer. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE OF MINOR WRITERS by Max Beerbohm
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 2, 2015

"Urbane, witty pieces by a writer worth reviving."
Elegant essays by a self-described dilettante. Read full book review >

A YEAR OF LEARNING, LAUGHTER, AND LIFE by Jaishen Rajah
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 29, 2015

"Pithy portions of wisdom well-told."
A lifetime of collected anecdotes in an excellent and entertaining resource for speakers, writers, and storytellers. Read full book review >
Host of Memories by Peter Rupert Lighte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Lively, evocative autobiographical essays."
Focusing Proust-like on the objects that embody memories, Lighte (Pieces of China, 2009) hosts a tour of his life, from an American Jewish upbringing to a career in China and London.Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"That seam glows fiercely, startlingly bright, in these rich, revelatory essays."
Evocative essays on faith, life and wonder. Read full book review >
WHERE I'M READING FROM by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"'Do We Need Stories?' 'Why Finish Books?' 'What's Wrong with the Nobel?' 'Does Money Make Us Write Better?' Readers vexed by such questions will welcome Parks' thoughtful responses."
Why do books matter? Read full book review >
CITY BY CITY by Keith Gessen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"From Whittier, Alaska, to Williston, North Dakota, to Palm Coast, Florida, these varied essays offer compelling snapshots of how Americans live, move, and work."
In these 37 singular essays, some reading like research papers, others as personal as memoirs, n+1 editor Gessen (All the Sad Young Literary Men, 2008, etc.) and Harvard graduate student Squibb find in certain American cities the crucible of enormous change since the financial meltdown of 2008.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"As always, Bloom conveys the intimate, urgent, compelling sense of why it matters that we read these canonical authors."
Elegiac, gracious literary ponderings that group and compare 12 giants of American literature. Read full book review >
Awakening to Aging by Myrtle Heery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2015

"A meditation on aging for those who see the final years as an opportunity for personal development and joy."
Death isn't the enemy in this carefully curated collection of essays, which paints the aging process as an opportunity for self-discovery, acceptance, and growth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >