Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A crazy quilt with some nice patches."
In this anthology of poetry and prose by a self-consciously multicultural mix of authors, we are treated to stories, poems, and an introduction by novelist Danticat (The Farming of Bones, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
READINGS by Michael Dirda
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"For any book lover who—despite Kirkus's best efforts—doesn't know what to read next, Dirda will provide a lovely and genial guide."
A delightful compendium of Dirda's most memorable Washington Post Book World essays revels in seven years' worth of bibliophilic passion. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF THE CENTURY by Joyce Carol Oates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 22, 2000

"Above average, but definitely not the 'Best.'"
An eclectic anthology of 55 essays chosen by Oates (Blonde, p. 11, etc.) comprising a generous selection of less known but deserving work from mostly big-name writers. Read full book review >
QUARREL AND QUANDARY by Cynthia Ozick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"Ozick is perceptive as usual, but these often seem like old war-horses revisiting familiar battlefields."
Ozick's new collection of essays from such magazines as The New Republic andThe American Scholar thoughtfully explores the delicately calibrated and often adversarial tensions that affect the relation between art and politics. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF 20TH CENTURY ESSAYS by Ian Hamilton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A welcome anthology, to be kept near at hand and cracked open whenever time permits."
A collection of English-language essays from over the last century, assembled by Hamilton (Walking Possession, 1996, etc.) with an eye for urgency and import. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An insightful and entertaining collection."
Noted essayist and critic Crowther (Time, Newsweek, etc.), perhaps better known as novelist Lee Smith's husband, has gathered together over two dozen sparkling essays on all things Southern. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine book about books that will appeal to readers of Manguel's previous work."
Graceful essays on books, reading, and the subversive possibilities of ideas. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Not a tremendously hopeful work, but Gordon's audaciousness in regarding the condemned as creative citizens is memorable and gripping."
A surprising—and frequently searing—examination of the prison experience, seen from both inside and out. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A HORNET by Robert Finch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2000

"Readers familiar with Cape Cod will deepen their view of the place by following Finch's pages; those who do not know it will likely want to have a look for themselves."
Lyrical essays on place from a longtime resident of the Massachusetts shore. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2000

"Take heart, Reader, old or new: These essays—their premises, arguments, conclusions, triumphs, and shortfalls—are still well worth grappling with."
Returns to print 32 tough-minded discourses, written from 1938 to 1975, from one of American literature's most exacting cultural critics. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2000

"Wellwritten, insightful, and a useful reminder of the complex issues still unsolved in the biological sciences."
This wideranging collection of provocative essayreviews from The New York Review of Books focuses on the biological sciences. Read full book review >
GENTLY INTO THE LAND OF THE MEATEATERS by James Sallis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2000

"From literary and emotional standpoints, the essays are charming and memorable."
In this clear and poetic collection of personal essays, Sallis (Bluebottle, 1999, etc.) recounts the beauty and pain he has experienced as a writer and as a human being. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >