Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

THE BIG <i>NEW YORKER</i> BOOK OF CATS by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The quality, humor and variety make for another successful New Yorker collection."
A worthy follow-up to last year's Big New Yorker Book of Dogs.Read full book review >
HOUSE OF PAIN by Laurence Gonzales
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Gonzales travels where few people might want to go, and he brings back wondrous tales. This is more diffuse than his previous books, but it will be a pleasure for his admirers."
Journalist and novelist Gonzales (Lucy, 2010) gathers scattered essays that speak to his current interest as an observer of the human capacity to endure. Read full book review >

THE KRAUS PROJECT by Karl Kraus
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Readers interested in Kraus will be better served by Reitter's The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning (2008). This book is for Franzen's fans."
Two angry men rail against their culture. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL CURE by Ella Berthoud
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2013

"Something of a novelty collection of entries, but a fine remedy for bibliophiles and English majors who may be stuck in a reading rut."
A comprehensive introduction to the fine art of "bibliotherapy," with a list of 751 books to soothe your aches and pains. Read full book review >
VOICES OF CHEROKEE WOMEN by Carolyn Ross Johnston
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"An academic account that respectfully resurrects long-dead voices from a people who still have a lot to tell us."
A history scholar collects first-person accounts of the history of the Cherokee people, revealing a troubled but proud history through the eyes of its women. Read full book review >

SHADY CHARACTERS by Keith Houston
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An unusual triumph of the human ability to find exaltation in the mundane."
A mostly amusing, informative history of punctuation. Read full book review >
MEATY by Samantha Irby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Irby's vocabulary is akin to that used in late-night comedy clubs. Those faint of heart beware. If you are ready for strong, sarcastic language paired with attitude-laced humor, strap in and get ready for a roller-coaster ride to remember."
A raunchy, funny and vivid collection of essays chronicling intimate acts and everyday life as perceived by Chicago blogger and performer Irby. Read full book review >
FIRE RAISERS, FREAKS AND FIENDS by Ed Nordskog
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"An enjoyable read for fans of true-crime stories, as well as those seeking insight into arsonists' psychology."
A veteran arson investigator tells stories of his investigations into a wide variety of firestarters. Read full book review >
SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG by Delia Ephron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A witty and often profound look at human behavior and all its absurdities, contradictions, obsessions and phobias."
When Ephron's humorous essay "How To Eat Like a Child" appeared in the New York Times Magazine, her first "big success," she knew she had found her calling. In this new collection of essays, she displays that sharply funny and compassionate voice. Read full book review >
AN EPIDEMIC OF EPIGRAMS by Daniel L. Wick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Though it doesn't live up to its influences, this collection loves the form and offers plenty of wit and humorous observations."
A compilation of laconic, pithy sayings meant partly to guide daily life and partly as a tribute to the rich tradition of literary aphorisms. Read full book review >
100 APHORISMS by Richard Halpern
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A well-organized but not especially nuanced collection that could deliver conversation starters and go-to sayings for speeches and public lectures."
In this collection of short quotes and brief bios, editor Halpern culls words of wisdom from a variety of eras, spanning themes and virtues. Read full book review >
STORYTELLING by Constance Colon-Jones
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A progressive, postmodern collection of vignettes that celebrate the personalities behind occupations."
A unique scrapbook of ideas and observations that redefines what it means to tell a story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >