Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

STEP ACROSS THIS LINE by Salman Rushdie
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Strongly recommended for fans of good advocacy journalism as well as longtime admirers of Rushdie."
Sometimes pensive, sometimes marvelously funny, always lucid essays, reviews, and occasional pieces by the renowned Anglo-Indian novelist (Fury, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WRITER AND THE WORLD by V.S. Naipaul
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 17, 2002

"A welcome summing-up of a distinguished journalistic career that matches Naipaul's accomplishments as a novelist."
Last year's Nobel laureate in literature gathers various nonfiction reports and reflections. Read full book review >

JERUSALEM CREEK by Ted Leeson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2002

"A wonder-working landscape, appreciatively rendered."
A prepossessing journey through Wisconsin's driftless area in search of fish—though not only fish—that's as pleasurably meandering as any of the spring creeks found there. Read full book review >
A NEW WORLD ORDER by Caryl Phillips
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 21, 2002

"Overall: perceptive and heartfelt."
A strong gathering of personal and literary essays on identity and authorship, from accomplished novelist Phillips (The Nature of Blood, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 14, 2002

"In bites of a thousand words or less, Kornheiser offers happenin' zingers from the turn of the century, complete with rim shots and all the brio of Henny Youngman."
Sportscaster and Washington Post humorist Kornheiser (Bald As I Wanna Be, 1997) gathers columns that seem to exceed in number those gracing the Acropolis in its heyday. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 22, 2002

"Seemingly effortless, entirely transportive."
Essays old and new from writer's writer Conroy (Body and Soul, 1993, etc.), who eschews fireworks in favor of the dead-on observation as he considers topics ranging from fatherhood to the Rolling Stones to leaving New York. Read full book review >
TESTS OF TIME by William H. Gass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2002

"Like a brainier Seinfeld, Gass can write about nothing in particular and about everything, in essays humorous and arch, complex and accessible—and always good fun."
Essays on writers, writing, and contemporary culture by a master of the form. Read full book review >
MIKE NELSON’S MIND OVER MATTERS by Michael J. Nelson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2002

"From someplace called Minnesota comes a Nelson funnier than Ozzie, Ricky, Lord or Half. Nimble foolery packed in minipieces."
The author of Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese (not reviewed) and quondam host of Comedy Central's Mystery Science Theater 3000 offers some small, comic essays. The result is, happily, laughable. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2001 by Kathleen Norris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"But there's no need to quibble. This is fine, fine reading."
The well-known poet and memoirist presents the 16th installment in this flawless series. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART BOOK OF ESSAYS by Anthony Brandt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Fine bedside reading, and a better-than-average textbook for composition students."
A rewarding collection from the annual Pushcart Prize anthology series, now numbering 25 volumes. Read full book review >
COLD SNAP AS YEARNING by Robert Vivian
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Who knew such allure, beauty, and insight lurked under Nebraska's snowy and stony facade?"
Weird title, rapturous prose—a good read. Read full book review >
DISTANCE AND DIRECTION by Judith Kitchen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"'Some books are better than others,' she declares. This is one of the former."
Thirty-two essays on the subjects of time and place—some somewhat discursive, others lyrical, all as brief as a sigh. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >