Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 7)

WHY WRITE? by Mark Edmundson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This has been done better by others, but it's never a bad thing to encourage reading and writing."
Do we really need another book on writing? Maybe. Read full book review >
TAKE TO THE HIGHWAY by Bryce Milligan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Sure-handed verse work in multiple registers."
In a new collection "for travelers," Milligan sometimes races and sometimes tools along; no matter the speed, it's a pleasing ride. Read full book review >

BREAKING THROUGH POWER by Ralph Nader
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"In an era of political gridlock, Nader argues, mostly convincingly, that a 'left/right alliance' can get the country back on track."
Another populist manifesto from the veteran political activist and anti-corporate consumer advocate. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A gentler companion to Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat (1970), the only flaw of which is that it's too short, leaving readers wanting more."
Eminent literary and cultural critic James (Latest Readings, 2015, etc.) comes back to an old beat: reviewing the offerings on the small screen. Read full book review >

Poor Will's Almanack for 2017 by Bill Felker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While the weather forecasts may be debatable, this almanac still features beautiful essays by the author and some useful details about seasonal events and gardening."
An annual almanac attempts to predict weather-related phenomena based on patterns observed in previous years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt sentiments on how racism, gender equality, and other social and cultural issues in America can be changed for the betterment of all."
Insights into life from the cultural commentator and former Hall of Fame basketball player. Read full book review >
NOW I SIT ME DOWN by Witold Rybczynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rybczynski is totally engaging in this smoothly flowing, sharp, witty narrative—another winner from a top-notch writer on design."
The acclaimed popularizer and purveyor of all things architectural scrutinizes a "tool for sitting." Read full book review >
WASTING TIME ON THE INTERNET by Kenneth Goldsmith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Goldsmith outlines a future that perhaps offers a hope we can embrace, since a retreat seems impossible."
A persuasive argument about how what conventional wisdom dismisses as "wasting time" is actually time well spent. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A generous, empathetic writer's companion."
Encouragement to imagine, write, and revise. Read full book review >
THE SELFISHNESS OF OTHERS by Kristin Dombek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A savvy, sharp study that only occasionally loses readers in the psychological brambles."
A personal and clinical deconstruction of the narcissistic personality. Read full book review >
Happily Hippie by Paul Dougan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 12, 2016

"A detailed, if overly defensive, analysis of 50 years of hippie culture."
Dougan argues for the continued relevance of hippies in this work of popular social science. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >