Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God by A Band of Women
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 3, 2014

"Though repetitive or clichéd in places, this collection's standouts far outweigh its missteps."
Nelson and Batey curate superior snippets of women's creative nonfiction. Read full book review >
THE KEILLOR READER by Garrison Keillor
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2014

"Keillor's moments of contemplation have produced some of the finest essays in this lovely collection."
Melancholy and joy infuse Keillor's (O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, 2013, etc.) latest collection. Read full book review >

YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL by David McCullough Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Neither sage nor curmudgeon, McCullough is a thoughtful pre-Socratic without a schadenfreude-soaked bone in his body."
The cult of exceptionalism, like celebrity worship, is draining us of our humanity and joy, suggests high school teacher McCullough, whose expertise comes from having nearly three decades of teaching experience and four children of his own. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"A strikingly insightful gem."
Proverbs for modernity.Mattewada, a physician as well as a victim of chronic fatigue syndrome, begins his work with an arresting statement: "At the very moment you are complaining about your life, there is somebody, somewhere in the world, begging for it." Read full book review >
SUNDAYS AT EIGHT by Brian Lamb
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"These richly detailed and forthright interviews offer unique perspectives on the inspirations and creativity of writers."
Notable writers talk candidly about their lives and work. Read full book review >

RADIANT TRUTHS by Jeff Sharlet
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"The pieces are heterodox enough to have commonality only insofar as they address questions of the great beyond, but readers will find plenty here to sustain questions—and perhaps even a few answers—of their own."
Sharlet (English/Dartmouth Coll.; Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between, 2011, etc.) assembles a highly literate potpourri of writings about religion, faith and other manifestations of "the production of social life." Read full book review >
THE SELECTED LETTERS OF ELIA KAZAN by Albert J. Devlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An impressive work of scholarship, this collection offers a sweeping look at 60 years of American popular culture and an intimate portrait of one complex man whirling at its center."
An engrossing collection chronicles the acclaimed director's life and work. Read full book review >
"I Know Better" by Martin Dorenbush
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2014

"A quick, welcoming read full of infectiously positive retirement advice from a man enjoying it."
As much an anecdotal meditation as an instructional guide, Dorenbush's (Senior Online Dating, 2013) follow-up to his first book is a sensible, contagiously delightful look at the golden years. Read full book review >
Turnip Juice & Satisfaction by D. M. Sykes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2014

"Witty, wise and full of insights."
An entertaining collection of original aphorisms, irreverent quips and offbeat wordplay by new author Sykes. Read full book review >
The Little Book of Leadership Wisdom by Charles D. Harpool
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2014

"Though small in size, this book steals the secrets of giants."
Snippets from captains, kings and trailblazers throughout history. Read full book review >
SELECTED SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Theodore Roosevelt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule."
An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Read full book review >
MORAL IMAGINATION by David Bromwich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2014

"Bibliophiles, scholars and concerned citizens—all will find provocation and enlightenment here."
A collection of (mostly) recent essays that range in focus from moral philosophy to American history to book reviews to op-ed. 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 >