Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

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 >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Bubbling with energy and conviction but less practical than an old-fashioned style manual."
Self-help for aspiring writers, who need, it seems, to zap the red sauce of their prose with tangier verbs. Read full book review >
LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT by Elena Passarello
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Fun and intelligent but disjointed reading."
A collection of essays by a regional theater actress and writer about the relationship of voice to identity. Read full book review >
THE BEST SCIENCE WRITING ONLINE 2012 by Jennifer Ouellette
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Proof that science writing online is healthy and growing. For naive surfers, an anthology like this will help separate the wheat from the chaff."
A collection of solid science writing celebrating a diversity of topics, writer credentials and styles. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A beautiful evocation of love, friendship and community."
An anthology celebrating sisterhood and the special bonds that connect Latinas from diverse backgrounds. Read full book review >
MY HEART IS AN IDIOT by Davy Rothbart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Rothbart has admirable wit, but his sensitive-wiseacre persona gets repetitive."
A collection of personal essays by a man with a knack for stumbling into alcohol- and lust-fueled predicaments. Read full book review >
IN PRAISE OF MESSY LIVES by Katie Roiphe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Mostly fascinating, lively writings on a spectrum of topics relevant to women and men with a literary bent."
Of-the-moment essays about popular culture, literature and the author's unconventional life. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Tedious and imperceptive."
A filmmaker attempts to understand why so many marriages fail by interviewing survivors of divorce. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Like a spray of buckshot—some pieces hit the target, but the impact is limited."
Schniedewind (Humanistic and Multicultural Education/SUNY-New Paltz; Open Minds to Equality, 2006, etc.) and Sapon-Shevin (Inclusive Education/Syracuse Univ.; Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms, 2007, etc.) curate a mixed bag of essays and stories on education that will resound with some readers but are unlikely to sway others. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH DIMENSION OF A POEM by M.H. Abrams
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 3, 2012

"A pleasant whiff of nostalgia for old libraries and older books, gently held and translated for us by a man who loves them."
A former professor and distinguished literary critic who will reach his 100th birthday this year offers a collection of essays and speeches dealing with the art of poetry and the nature of criticism. Read full book review >
HORIZON'S LENS by Elizabeth Dodd
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"These essays, whose opening paragraphs give little clue to where the author is going, are dense, surprising pieces that demand to be read and then reread with care."
From an essayist and poet whose forays into the natural world are also journeys into literature, linguistics, history, science and philosophy comes a collection of lyrical pieces. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 5, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >