Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of reading."
An artist investigates how we make meaning from words on a page. Read full book review >
MAKERS OF MODERN ASIA by Ramachandra Guha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A terrific teaching aid with helpful footnotes."
Mostly robust biographies of 11 galvanizers of modern Asian nationalism, from Gandhi to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, underscore the importance of politics before economics. Read full book review >
Gravel On the Side of the Road by Kris Radish
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 22, 2014

"A bold, rollicking work that often reveals more about the author than her subjects."
Radish's (A Grand Day to Get Lost, 2013, etc.) latest work of nonfiction is a collection of vignettes taken from her own life, from her self-conscious childhood to her days as wild child, hard-boiled reporter and devoted mother.These stories offer a vast, eclectic array of experience, depicted with the grit and incisiveness of a journalist who's covered brutal events such as domestic violence, murder and war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >