Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

WALL, WATCHTOWER, AND PENCIL STUB by John R. Carpenter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Though erratically presented, this work of literary research should spur further study."
An examination of the seminal works of World War II, many of which opened eyes to truth by eyewitnesses. Read full book review >
BOOKS THAT COOK by Jennifer Cognard-Black
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Food lovers and cookbook collectors will savor this literary stew."
A buffet of poems, stories, essays and recipes. Read full book review >

MASTERFUL MARKS by Monte Beauchamp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"There's always a hit-or-miss quality to such projects, and some question over the selections, but what's great here is really terrific."
Graphic biographies of 16 of the most influential cartoonists by some of the great cartoonists they influenced. Read full book review >
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Honest messages from one of America's best known women."
A compilation of advice from the Queen of All Media. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS by Greil Marcus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essayistic, occasionally disconnected, but Marcus does what he does best: makes us feel smarter about what we're putting into our ears."
Another allusive, entertaining inquiry by veteran musicologist Marcus (The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

REFLECTIONS by Tom Ferguson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"A clear, well-intentioned and thoughtful religious compilation."
A debut collection of essays about the nature of faith. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE FIRST DRAFT by John Casey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"Not a handbook for students but a guidebook for thinking about fiction."
National Book Award–winning novelist Casey (English/Univ. of Virginia; Compass Rose, 2010, etc.) waxes thoughtful about his craft in a collection of essays, some nearly 20 years old. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Warm, shrewd and glowing with love for her son, these letters offer an indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman and her vanished world."
A mother's letters to her son illuminate British history. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES, WELL TOLD by Lee Gutkind
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Whether inducing tears or raucous laughter, all the pieces are inviting, inquisitive and attentive—and sure to spark plenty of imaginations."
An engaging anthology of creative nonfiction from the editors at Creative Nonfiction magazine. Read full book review >
GLOBAL MUCKRAKING by Anya Schiffrin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The incredible amount of work that Schiffrin put into the selection of the articles and those who explain them makes this a top-notch anthology of significant journalism."
This is no mere collection of exposés. It is a global look at the 20th-century writers who have dared to uncover stories of injustice and abuse. Read full book review >
THE ROOMMATES by Stephanie Wu
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A fun, quick read that pulls back the curtain on the dramas, joys and quirky memories of living with roommates."
Town & Country editor Wu compiles a wide variety of tales about "an incredibly universal ritual that we can all relate to." Read full book review >
BAD FEMINIST by Roxane Gay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An occasionally brilliant, hit-or-miss grab bag of pop-culture criticism."
Essayist, novelist and pop-culture guru Gay (An Untamed State, 2014, etc.) sounds off on the frustrating complexities of gender and race in pop culture and society as a whole. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >