Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

SNOW ON THE PEA SOUP by Gregory Randall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"Quick and light, with a lack of self-importance that makes it more charming than frivolous."
A random collection of memories, part travelogue and diary, held together by light interjections of humor. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE SHORT by Roy Peter Clark
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Writers can surely benefit from practicing some of these tiny techniques, but voracious reading, writing, traveling, thinking and feeling can help even more."
A veteran writing teacher at the Poynter Institute returns with some ideas that writers can learn from the short forms that now proliferate—from tweets to text messages to bathroom scrawls (really). Read full book review >

TALK ABOUT A DREAM by Christopher Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A fascinating addition to the growing shelf of Springsteen studies, probably best read in doses."
A career-spanning collection of interviews with The Boss. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S PATH by Phil Nuernberger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 17, 2013

"A highly readable philosophical treatise blended with equally readable spiritual teachings."
A guide for taking freedom from an abstract concept to a concrete experience. Read full book review >
MY 1980S AND OTHER ESSAYS by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A challenging, rich, aesthetic autobiography and intellectual high-wire act that rarely falters."
Critical and personal essays from noted poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (English/CUNY Graduate Center; The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

LET FREEDOM RING by Kitty Kelley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Fine photos, concise text, including excerpts from remarks of the day, and a solid view of the Kennedy administration dragged into the American future."
Fifty years later, a stirring evocation of the 1963 March on Washington. Read full book review >
GEORGE ORWELL by George Orwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2013

"Illuminates Orwell's political convictions and gives fleeting but vivid glimpses of his personal qualities."
A representative selection, culled from the 20-volume Complete Works, which Davison co-edited, of correspondence by and to 20th-century England's fiercest literary opponent of totalitarianism. Read full book review >
HANDLING THE TRUTH by Beth Kephart
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Generous, intelligent and genuinely insightful."
A self-described "memoir autodidact" and distinguished author's refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to the art of creative nonfiction. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE ROOM by Linda Venis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"An engaging and helpful how-to for hopeful TV writers or anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of this ephemeral art."
A practical guide to how TV is made, from bright idea to syndication. Read full book review >
CUT TO THE CHASE by Linda Venis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A readable writer's how-to that goes down smoothly."
A well-organized soup-to-nuts manual for aspiring Nora Ephrons and Charlie Kaufmans, from the faculty of a notable screenwriting program. Read full book review >
Miracles, Mysteries, Death and Dying and Other Supernatural Events by S. T. Ola. Akande
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"An intriguing, if occasionally problematic, compendium that presents a distinctly Nigerian view of the supernatural."
Akande tells numerous tales of his and others' supernatural experiences in Nigeria. Read full book review >
WE NEVER TRAVEL ALONE by R. A. Voss
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A gracefully written, travel-focused memoir with particular appeal for midlife and female readers."
In this collection of essays, the author taps into various travels as pivots for her midlife reflection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >