Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

THE FUN OF IT by Lillian Ross
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 8, 2001

"An irresistible little treat for the New Yorker purists and latter-day fans all the same."
Seventy-five years' worth of the New Yorker's pithy, upfront mini-portraits of people and their times. Read full book review >
WRITERS ON WRITING by John Darnton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"The eclectic nature of the essays in subject matter and tone are all unified by an overwhelming sense of generosity of spirit, of writers offering encouragement, reflection, and introspection in order to help untangle the often bewildering complexities of the writing process."
Forty-one essays on writing and reading, culled from the pages of the New York Times. Read full book review >

MANY CIRCLES by Albert Goldbarth
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"With essays spanning more than 20 years, this collection provides a surefire introduction to Goldbarth's prose—but the trip may not be much fun the first time around."
For those who think clearly written prose is for sissies, Goldbarth is back—with a representative essay collection that both dazzles and stupefies with its complications. Read full book review >
THE ESSAYS OF HENRY D. THOREAU by Lewis Hyde
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"A century and a half after they were written, as Hyde notes, the power of these essays comes 'quickly back to life for any reader with ears to hear the many registers of their author's voice.'"
The 13 essays gathered here are among Thoreau's best writing: crackingly sharp, like a bright winter morning after a snowfall. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Seamus Heaney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"A must for poets and students of poetry and a good start for initiates seeking to understand the constituent parts of its erudite codes."
A wonderful collection of the great Irish poet and critic's learned yet down-to-earth prose. Read full book review >

SMALL WONDER by Barbara Kingsolver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"Good intentions and craft marred by sanctimony."
Wearing her essayist hat, novelist Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible, 1998, etc.) responds to the September 11th terror attacks with a collection addressing the wonders of life. Read full book review >
UNHOLY GHOST by Nell Casey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2001

"Administer in small doses at sensible intervals—or expect a serious side-effect: depression."
An uneven collection of 22 essays and excerpts on the subject of depression by a wide assortment of writers. Read full book review >
THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE SOUL by Richard Selzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2001

"Nonetheless, a passionate, unsentimental celebration of life's messiness, whether on an operating table or at a dining table."
In this eloquent collection of essays, five new, the rest previously published, writer/surgeon Selzer (Raising the Dead, 1994) explores spirit and substance, flesh and feeling, pain and epiphany. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"Biting, entertaining, erudite—destined to annoy, but also perhaps challenge, the politically correct on the right or the left."
The always provocative essayist for The Nation presents a collection of her biweekly columns dating from 1994 to fall 2000—including impeachment but before chads. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR LOVEDU by Ann Jones
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"An honest and illuminating study that portrays the process by which the investigation of a continent becomes an examination of the self."
A veteran travel author takes a look at life (especially life for women) in modern Africa. Read full book review >
HALLS OF FAME by John D’Agata
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Full of promise but mired in problems, D'Agata doesn't make the cut."
A collection of essays from a new writer who spurns traditional narrative. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2000

"Sweet but not saccharine, these reminiscent pieces invite the reader on a journey to the streets of Fresno, where the mundane details of existence shine."
The noted poet, essayist, and fiction writer (Petty Crimes, 1998, etc.) here offers a series of quick sketches, each a thumbnail miniature of the hustle, bustle, dreams, confusion, and beauty of life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >