Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

THINGS THAT MATTER by Charles Krauthammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew."
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Krauthammer collects 30 years of his work. Read full book review >
Dear Babalu: Letters to an Advice Columnist by Peter J. Manos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A witty, enjoyable distraction."
Manos' (Lucifer's Revenge, 2012) silly, irreverent book covers a lot of weird ground, including implants in teenagers' heads, gurus and magic berries. Read full book review >

CRITICAL MASS by James Wolcott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An eclectic collection that reasserts the author's reputation as one of America's most perceptive, candid and humane critics."
A veteran culture critic for Vanity Fair and other publications weighs in and waxes wise on TV, comedians, music, movies, books and writers. Read full book review >
A CURIOUS INVITATION by Suzette  Field
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Like the chatter at a cocktail party: fun but forgettable."
Events promoter Field summarizes soirees that only happen between the covers of a book—or when her Last Tuesday Society reproduces them in London. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"More than just a war story; a harrowing examination of the tolls of the world's conflicts."
A small but crucial sampling of war reporting by one of the finest journalists of her generation. Read full book review >

THE SMALL HEART OF THINGS by Julian Hoffman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A deeply felt book that will lead readers to other books that inspired it."
A sharply observed, occasionally overwritten collection of essays on the interrelationships of man and nature, of soul and place. Read full book review >
OUR BOSTON by Andrew Blauner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A worthy and moving but monotonous paean to the resiliency and character of Boston."
In response to the terrorist attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon, editor Blauner (editor: Central Park: An Anthology, 2012, etc.) presents a collection of essays celebrating the City on a Hill. Read full book review >
MIRAGES by Anaïs Nin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"In one late entry, Nin complains, mildly: 'My world is so large I get lost in it'; readers will do the same—and gratefully so."
In a book published in association with Sky Blue Press, the celebrated diarist, novelist and electric personality reappears with all the fire of her eroticism in pages untouched by a Bowdler or a Puritan. Read full book review >
SHOOTING STRAIGHT by Piers Morgan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Will provide an enjoyable fix for news junkies but not much substance to others."
Fast-paced, name-dropping memoir, in diary form, from the British journalist (and talent show judge) who replaced American cable news legend Larry King. Read full book review >
MIND OF AN OUTLAW by Norman Mailer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"As good an introduction to Mailer's habits of mind as there's ever been, though there's also room for an anthology blending the greatest hits of his fiction as well as his sharp-edged essays."
Further advertisements for himself by the late and increasingly not-so-well-remembered bad boy of postwar American literature. Read full book review >
TELLING SILENCES by Hillel Halkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"Riveting, revealing stories of patient denial."
A superb collection of real-life medical mysteries. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2013 by Elizabeth Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"The wonder continues in the fact that, regardless of subject, each story takes its place in the collection proudly and deservedly."
The latest installment of the travel-writing series upholds the tradition of world-expanding excellence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >