Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

LITERARY OCCASIONS by V.S. Naipaul
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 7, 2003

"Naipaul is still Naipaul. But he isn't especially well served by a very uneven volume that really seems to have been hastily assembled rather than carefully edited."
This miscellany of essays and reviews is a pendant to the 2001 Nobel laureate's recent Between Father and Son: Family Letters (2000) and The Writer and the World (2002). Read full book review >
PIECES OF MY MIND by Frank Kermode
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Any critic who interprets a publisher's claim that a 'lean' book means 'very short, especially considering the price' is worth reading. Another feather in Kermode's wide-brimmed cap."
A chronologically arranged series of literary essays by the eminent scholar and critic, "offered indifferently to defense and prosecution, of the way in which a now quite long professional life has been spent." Read full book review >

THE LANGUAGE OF PASSION by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2003

"Vargas Llosa's many admirers will share that pleasure with this fine collection."
Reviews, travel journalism, and assorted feuilletons from the noted Peruvian novelist (The Feast of the Goat, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
AS OF THIS WRITING by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Criticism is not indispensable to art,' James writes. 'It is indispensable to civilization—a more inclusive thing.' His stimulating and thrilling work forcefully makes a case for that bold declaration."
Superb collection of criticism at once deeply serious and deliberately accessible, more than justifying its author's claim that "readability is intelligence." Read full book review >
OPEN HOUSE by Mark Doty
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2003

"Unremarkable variations on an unremarkable theme: Home is where you feel at home."
A variety of writers present different definitions of "home" in this uneven assortment of essays, some previously published. Read full book review >

THE NEXT AMERICAN ESSAY by John D’Agata
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"In a note about the title, D'Agata says that by 'next' he means 'the essays that might be inspired by these.' Based on this anthology, that could mean pretty much anything."
A sometimes challenging anthology that expands the usual definition of essay. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"There are things, says Lamb, that need 'to be known about prison and prisoners. There are misconceptions to be abandoned, biases to be dropped.' Here's a step in that direction."
Intense attestations of lives that ran afoul of the law, from women who have done or are doing time at a prison in Connecticut. Read full book review >
BEST AMERICAN POLITICAL WRITING 2002 by Royce Flippin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An engaging if not always premier premiere."
In what will probably become an annual anthology, Flippin offers a collection of essays and excerpts from a variety of commentators on prominent political issues of 2001. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002 by Stephen Jay Gould
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Compares favorably, piece by piece, to its cousins in poetry and short story."
Eighteenth edition of the annual known for its high standards lives up to its predecessors. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Sometimes dense, but always discerning: essential for Gaddis fans and those seeking an offbeat critique of American civilization."
The great novelist (Agape Agape, p. 1053, etc.) explores his fascination with machines, greed, violence, and art in odd bits of nonfiction, some appearing in print for the first time. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE ALONE by Jonathan Franzen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Smart, solid, and well-paced: a pleasure for Franzen's many remaining admirers."
Of maximum-security prisons, Dumpster diving, and privacy in a technological age: a collection of essays diverse and entertaining by the author of last year's Big Novel, The Corrections.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >