Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

METAL COWBOY by Joe Kurmaskie
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"The metal cowboy is on a slow bike to nowhere in particular, and when he's not dispensing homilies, he knows how to enjoy the simple, immediate pleasures of two-wheeled freedom."
Fleet lessons, experiences, and absurdities, gathered from the saddle of a bicycle and mined for every identifiable nugget of humor or worthy apologue, from newcomer Kurmaskie. Read full book review >
A HUNDRED WHITE DAFFODILS by Jane Kenyon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though at times uneven and repetitive, this posthumous collection offers a rich and varied look into the working life of a well-loved American poet."
This somewhat choppy but affecting collection of translations, essays, interviews, and one new poem by Kenyon is indispensable reading for admirers of her work. Read full book review >

SELECTED NON-FICTION by Jorge Luis Borges
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 24, 1999

"Fresh translations, useful and unintrusive notes (editor Weinberger has also translated the poetry of Octavio Paz), several new pieces of writing, but not a leap into an altered vision of Borges. (First serial to Grand Street)"
Familiar essays and lectures by the great Argentine fantasist, plus many hitherto uncollected pieces. Read full book review >
PRISON WRITINGS by Leonard Peltier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1999

"An important contribution to Native American letters, sure to stir both controversy and renewed attention for Peltier's ongoing quest for freedom."
Part manifesto, part memoir, a standout collection by the celebrated, long-imprisoned American Indian Movement co-founder and activist. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1999

"Essential reading for those concerned by this imbalance—and it should be more than essential for lawmakers and citizens who support the hard bargain of liberty for order without considering the darkness created."
This anthology of material by winners of PEN America's annual prison writing contests provides a polyphonic chorus of rejoinder to our policies of maximum incarceration. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 1999

"Well intentioned, but remarkably tedious for such a short book."
Another attempt to jump on the bandwagon of the so-called simplicity movement, this time with a Gallic twist. Read full book review >
NARCISSUS LEAVES THE POOL by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 14, 1999

"Vintage Epstein, for those who don—t mind a faint bouquet of self-absorption."
The latest collection of quasi-autobiographical "familiar essays" by Epstein (Pertinent Players: Essays on the Literary Life, 1993, etc.) offers the pleasures of smart faculty-party conversation. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1999

THE BUSINESS OF MEMORYThe Art of Remembering in the Age of ForgettingBaxter, Charles— Ed. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and diverse collection with a distinctly literary bent."
In these distinct and forthcoming original essays, five prominent writers offer their meditations on exile and memory. Read full book review >
SEA BATTLES ON DRY LAND by Harold Brodkey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 1999

"A test of Robertson Davies's plea that people's bad journalism should not be held against them."
Brodkey's self-involved, prolix prose style, which made his long-awaited Runaway Soul (1991) a sacred monster of recent fiction, fails badly to translate into readable essays on art, culture, politics, books, etc. After winning an early niche at the New Yorker with his fiction, Brodkey, like Updike and Barthelme, could always place an essay there—no matter how slight or puffed up the piece. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1999

FEELING AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGEThe Good Strangeness of PoetryFulton, Alice Read full book review >
ADULTERY AND OTHER DIVERSIONS by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1999

"A largely agreeable diversion."
Mixing meditation and the mundane, this collection of 13 essays (several of which appeared in the New Yorker) looks for philosophical inspiration in the quotidian, but sometimes finds only banality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >