Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fierce, razor-sharp, heartwarming nonfiction debut."
A dazzling collection of essays on the human condition. Read full book review >

SPEAKING OF ETHICS by Joseph Chuman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 20, 2014

"Critical reading not only for those who want to improve the world, but also for those who think we shouldn't bother."
This collection of essays, taken from talks given by the author to Ethical Culture audiences over a 35-year span, explores the philosophy and history of ethics. Read full book review >
THE HARD WAY ON PURPOSE by David Giffels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"These seasoned dispatches convey an important narrative of regional marginalization; Giffels' work deserves to avoid that fate."
Appealing, original fusion of personal essay collection and Rust Belt post-mortem. Read full book review >
SOMETHING THERE IS by David Sayre
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 18, 2014

"Thoughtful, elegantly written essays for philosophical ponderers."
In this well-written collection of essays styled as letters to his children and grandchildren, an engineer, businessman and father makes his case for "a rational faith." Read full book review >

Puddles from a Drooling Mind by Denis Joseph Stemmle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2014

"A wide-ranging, ultimately quite charming personal manifesto of faith, humor and inquiry."
A series of personal reflections on the nature of faith in the modern world. Read full book review >
AMERICAN CORNBALL by Christopher Miller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A good-natured, entertaining read. It doesn't make Family Circus any funnier, but it explains good bits of Blondie and Snuffy Smith."
An alphabetical history of "things that used to make Americans laugh." Read full book review >
WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >
MFA VS NYC by Chad Harbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Essential insights, masterfully assembled, on the precarious state of American publishing."
A cast of literary professionals offers an entertaining bounty of experience, opinions and advice. Read full book review >
THE KENNAN DIARIES by Frank Costigliola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"Students of modern history will take great interest in this work, which ably straddles the frontiers of the personal, political and philosophical."
One of 20th-century America's most significant diplomats offers a window into his inner life and private concerns, fears and dreams. Read full book review >
Sixty, Still Ticking and Fabulous by Anna Resich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"A fine collection that illustrates the author's credo that 'change, if you embrace it, can be surprisingly rewarding.'"
In Resich's debut essay collection, turning 60 looks pretty good. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF ROBERT FROST, VOLUME 1 by Robert Frost
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Judiciously annotated with a biographical glossary of correspondents and an indispensable chronology, this volume may well inspire a Frost renaissance."
Letters illuminate the life of an iconic American poet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >