Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 7)

CITY SQUARES by Catie Marron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 12, 2016

"They're not all hits, but this is a worthy celebration of the 'one essential urban space.'"
Literary disquisitions on a fundamental feature of urban life: the public square. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Boilen's warm, engaging voice pervades this treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with nearly three dozen musicians about the life-altering songs that inspired their musical careers. Read full book review >

Self-Love by Wei Chen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2016

"An uneven self-help book that still offers a solid starting point for those trying to discover why romantic happiness eludes them."
Meditations on the true nature of love. Read full book review >
WIND SPRINTS by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2016

"Another subtitle might have been Healthful Snacks, for these bite-size pieces are both enjoyable to ingest and good for you."
A master of the essay form returns with a collection of brief pieces spanning nearly 20 years, 1996 to 2015. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIMES by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Given the autobiographical design of the collection, it may seem churlish to attack the book for going where the author so often has gone before; yet Harrison is self-aware to the point of self-absorption and self-effacing to a fault. However, the author's intelligence shines, and these ruminations may encourage some to confront their own anxieties."
Memoirist and novelist Harrison (Creative Writing/Hunter Coll.; Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, 2014, etc.) again taps the well of her personal life for a series of essays dealing with long-standing preoccupations and compulsive navel-gazing, the result being an alternately compelling and uncomfortable reading experience.Read full book review >

THE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE by Bethanne Patrick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2016

"An inspiring collection that will make a perfect gift for an aspiring writer or devoted reader."
A book about books and why people read them. Read full book review >
CRUSH by Cathy Alter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 2016

"The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories."
A few dozen writers recall their childhood infatuations with celebrated media stars or iconic characters (literary or animated) and how these crushes influenced their future lives. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN CONDOM by Jeanne Safer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2016

"A highly relatable collection of anecdotes that serves as a valuable crash course on the pitfalls, seductions, and rewards of love."
A psychoanalyst dissects the raptures and torments of love through a series of case studies. Read full book review >
WHY SAVE THE BANKERS? by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"If reading Piketty's columns brings back bad memories of tough times of the recent past, it also helps make sense of recent financial history. Just be prepared for a mental workout."
"In the long run, patrimonial capitalism is the only kind that can exist." The noted scholar of inequality (Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2014, etc.) looks at recent events through an economist's lens.Read full book review >
VIOLATION by Sallie Tisdale
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2016

"Compassion and empathy inform these gracefully wrought essays."
A thoughtful collection about how writing essays "is to be haunted by our own lies." Read full book review >
PROXIES by Brian Blanchfield
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2016

"Often illuminating and occasionally impenetrable."
A prizewinning poet confronts the challenges of creative nonfiction and the struggles of his career in a collection of high-concept, densely packed essays. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS IN MY TOWN by Angela Morales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Essays that are as thematically ambitious as they are deeply personal."
Morales (English/Glendale Community Coll.) debuts with a compellingly rendered collection of essays, the winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >