Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR by William Gibson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A provocative, surprising look at the lesser-known parts of a sci-fi superstar's writing career."
Cyberpunk's patron saint of prose proves that his reality is every bit as trippy as his fiction. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"For the world that knew Liu Xiaobo only for his empty chair in Oslo, this much-needed book fills the void."
The recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize confronts the problems of closed-society China. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Uneven but emotional, grateful and often wise."
Acclaimed playwright Shange (Ellington Was Not a Street, 2004, etc.) offers a collection of personal essays dealing with anger, pride, creativity, family, identity, mental health and love. Read full book review >
PULPHEAD by John Jeremiah Sullivan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Mostly impressive work from a writer who frequently causes readers to challenge their own perspectives."
Though many of the articles collected here illuminate the surfaces of popular culture, the best of them go deeper into the heart of America. Read full book review >
The Apocryphal William Shakespeare by Sabrina Feldman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A complex theory depending on many assumptions presents the not-entirely-implausible contention that William Shakespeare did not write his famous plays."
Another painstakingly detailed argument that questions the authorship of works attributed to William Shakespeare. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2011 by Edwidge Danticat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"This collection could have used more variety, but the preponderance of stories on human mortality doesn't make it a downer; the brave voices behind these experiences keep the pages turning."
Sickness, murder, death, sudden loss—the latest installment in this venerable series skews heavily toward personal essays in which people face up to life's overwhelming sadness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2011

"All politics is local—and personal. These interviews are invaluable in providing a fly-on-the-wall view of life in the Kennedy White House—and there has never been so intimate a view from a First Lady's perspective."
The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis speaks candidly about life in Camelot. Read full book review >
ARGUABLY by Christopher Hitchens
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Vintage Hitchens. Argumentative and sometimes just barely civil—another worthy collection from this most inquiring of inquirers."
A new collection of essays from Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir, 2010, etc.), his first since 2004. Read full book review >
MORSELS OF REFLECTION by Rosanna Figna
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 26, 2011

"A witty, deft compilation of curated observations."
An exploration of the aphorism, a time-honored literary form that has delighted audiences for centuries. Read full book review >
ANYONE’S LOVE STORY by Daniela Bayer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2011

"A valuable read for those who love poetry and self-help books—and those looking for answers in a world darkened by the absence of love."
Much like life, love is not a destination; by using poetry to depict the stages of the relationship cycle, Bayer writes her way to the answers along that journey. Read full book review >
THE EVERYMAN CHESTERTON by G.K. Chesterton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"A welcome taste of Chesterton, who remains most readable today. Now for a second volume to fill in the gaps."
An edifying but still incomplete sampling from the work of the great British novelist, moralist and philosopher. Read full book review >
SEX AND THE RIVER STYX by Edward Hoagland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"Eloquent musings from a master."
From the acclaimed essayist, novelist and travel writer, more deeply profound essays on the conditions of the natural world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >