Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

IT'S OKAY by Teresa Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2013

"Brief, well-written anecdotes likely to make parents laugh and cry."
A funny, serious, positive and consoling collection of true stories about life with young children. Read full book review >
Piano Variations by Fred Kronacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2013

"An inspiring collection of essays and an affirmation for music teachers everywhere."
A longtime Seattle piano teacher offers a collection of music-themed autobiographical essays relating his profound love and gratitude for his students, his teachers and the works of the great masters. Read full book review >

THE TRUE SECRET OF WRITING by Natalie Goldberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 19, 2013

"A pleasantly meditative, intuitive writing guide—though some aspiring writers may find too few nuts and bolts."
A uniquely delivered Eastern Zen approach to the craft of writing. Read full book review >
WHAT ART IS by Arthur C. Danto
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 19, 2013

"Less a primer than a series of postgraduate lectures."
A distinguished art critic, academic and philosopher distills his views into a compact volume that is likely to provoke more debate than it resolves. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2013

"A searing account of rights and laws, crime and punishment."
An advocate for the rights of families of murder victims finds common ground with lawyers working to reverse death sentences. Read full book review >

WM & H'RY by J.C. Hallman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2013

"A readable treatment of a scholarly subject."
A short critique of the letters between the famous James brothers provides an engaging footnote on the relationship and occasional rivalry between two of the finest minds of modern times. Read full book review >
STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Michelle Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2013

"An engaging companion offers a spirit of shared humanity."
This slim volume includes two extended essays, incisive and conversational, that have plenty of connections between them. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2013

"The maundering rhetoric, all 'dudes' and 'balls-out' and 'badass,' gets old fast, but Thompson's grasp of history is solid. Think of it as Thucydides for video gamers."
History for the Ted Nugent set—a follow-up to Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (2009). Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2013

"A motley assortment of writers eloquently demonstrate that there is no single 'writing process'; there are myriad."
Editors at Believer magazine present an eclectic series of interviews. Read full book review >
HERE AND NOW by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2013

"Amiable and revealing missives from two remarkable minds."
A genial, often riveting exchange of letters between American novelist Auster (Winter Journal, 2010, etc.) and the South African (now an Australian citizen) Nobel laureate Coetzee (Scenes from Provincial Life, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
DRAGGING WYATT EARP by Robert Rebein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"A minor but well-crafted work, and an all-too-rare glimpse of daily life in rural America."
An affecting memoir of life in small-town Kansas. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF AND OTHERS by Will Ludwigsen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2013

"Crackerjack genre yarns with real literary depth and polish."
Mundane reality mixes with the magical and the macabre in this scintillating collection of speculative fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >