Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A splendid assemblage of significant work by one of our keenest observers."
A sterling collection of essays from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. Read full book review >
THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE by The Onion
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A grab bag well worth dipping into and a testament to the still-thriving art of book design."
The irreverent crew from the long-running satirical newspaper and website present a compendium of mock encyclopedia entries, lavishly illustrated. Read full book review >

THE ROLLING STONES 50 by Mick Jagger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A soulless corporate birthday party that sheds no new light on its well-traveled subjects."
At the half-century mark, the "World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band" unambitiously recounts its own story in pictures. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Incisive, reflective and unfailingly stimulating. It wouldn't hurt Mendelsohn to occasionally pass up an opportunity to remind readers he's the smartest guy in the room, but then again, he almost always is."
Another top-notch collection of previously published criticism from Mendelsohn (How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"Some pieces rebel better than others, but there's ample inspiration for comic and serious fiction authors alike."
A compendium of fictional satires, parodies and other attempts to transform commonplace forms into literary art. Read full book review >

DO THE MOVIES HAVE A FUTURE? by David Denby
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A must for movie lovers and more proof that Denby's gifts are better displayed in a full-length text than in a short review."
From the New Yorker film critic, a collection of critical essays that's more than a miscellaneous roundup. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal."
Inky Fool blogger Forsyth debuts with a breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2012  by David Brooks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A trove of fine writing on big issues, albeit at the expense of more playful exemplars of the contemporary essay."
Well-told pieces on a narrow range of subjects define the latest iteration of the Best American Essays franchise. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2012 by William T. Vollmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Mostly engaging, diverse tales of offbeat travel adventures."
The latest intriguing batch of travel writing from the venerable series. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2012  by Dave Eggers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"An anthology that reads like a long, engaging annual magazine."
An eclectic annual that will leave readers marveling over many of the discoveries and puzzling over the inclusion of a few. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING 2012 by Dan Ariely
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A showcase for clean, plain-English science and nature writing and a treat for readers."
Ariely (Psychology and Behavioral Economics/Duke Univ.; The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves, 2012, etc.) presents a smorgasbord of top-notch science writing covering everything from the 1,000 species in the human gut to efforts to reverse-evolve a chicken into a dinosaur. Read full book review >
ESSAYS IN BIOGRAPHY by Joseph Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Articulate, funny, informed and bitchy—guaranteed to both delight and disconcert."
The acclaimed essayist and former editor of the American Scholar presents a provocative collection of essays that illustrate the ways a writer can employ biographical detail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >