Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 55)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Another terrific give-and-take that will appeal especially to younger seekers."
These conversations with the longtime MIT linguist and "wild-eyed radical" offer lively insights on war, inequality and dissent. Read full book review >
THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER by Jeff Bridges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"May lead readers to plenty of better introductions to Zen. You dig?"
A rambling conversation on all things Zen between the mystic-minded movie star and his spiritual teacher. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A compendious, entertaining look at our nation's leaders through words and turns of phrase."
A prolific wordsmith dignifies our presidents' unique rhetoric. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Other writing guides have more nuts-and-bolts advice, but few combine the verve and plainspokenness of this book, which exemplifies its title."
Legendary literary journalist Kidder (Strength in What Remains, 2009, etc.) and his longtime editor trade war stories and advice for the ambitious nonfiction writer. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN WRITINGS OF BRAM STOKER by Bram Stoker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"A dogged but uneven work of literary excavation of most interest to literary scholars."
A curious collection of miscellaneous writing by the author of Dracula. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Engaging eyewitness pieces—often very oddly grouped together—that nonetheless elicit admiration, wonder and gasps of surprise."
Three journalists present a sequel to their Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns (2011) with a motley collection of pieces dating back to the 19th century. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"An effortless, accessible way to learn history."
A lively sequel to Fawcett's 100 Mistakes that Changed History (2010), with few surprises. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF WILLIAM STYRON by William Styron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A great read for Styron devotees, but fans of correspondence will miss the conversational quality of most letter collections."
A good portion of William Styron's personal and business correspondence brought together in one volume. Read full book review >
ORAL PLEASURE by Jerzy Kosinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Pieces that reveal a fine mind, a creative imagination and, sometimes, an idiosyncratic notion of fact."
A collection of interviews, speeches and essays by the late author, whose literary reputation plummeted after a 1982 article in the Village Voice accused him of plagiarism and employing ghostwriters. Read full book review >
BIBLIODEATH by Andrei Codrescu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"Longtime fans will naturally savor Codrescu's idiosyncratic ambling and real-life reflections. New readers will find philosophical nuggets after some digging."
Poet, essayist and novelist Codrescu (Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments, 2011, etc.) examines the oft-sensationalized "death of print" and redefines its place in the bigger picture of literary history. Read full book review >
A DIVERSE GATHERING by Vincent Macraven
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"A standout, frequently profound story collection."
In his latest short story collection (Tales from the Mind of a Schizophrenic, 2011), Macraven spins tales of murder, religious fanatics and people on the brink of insanity. Read full book review >
BOTH FLESH AND NOT by David Foster Wallace
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Not altogether Wallace's finest work, but it brings some welcome exposure to some of his best pieces."
Previously uncollected essays and reportage by the late author, reflecting his varied interests, from tennis to Borges to higher math. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >