Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

BETTER THAN FICTION 2 by Don George
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Pleasant narrative adventures for the armchair traveler."
A Lonely Planet editor's compendium of 30 travel essays by an eclectic group of contemporary fiction writers. Read full book review >
Until My Heart Stops by Jameson Currier
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A remarkable collection of hard-earned, melancholic wisdom."
Novelist Currier (A Gathering Storm, 2014, etc.) collects four decades of essays in this nonfiction volume.Read full book review >

Love Hurts by Tricia Reeks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, wide-ranging collection of consistently strong genre stories."
In this anthology of short speculative fiction, debut editor Reeks gathers 26 stories about love—and the jealousy, sacrifice, and pain that can haunt even the most devoted hearts. Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell."
Valediction from the late neurologist and writer Sacks (On the Move: A Life, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
AND YET... by Christopher Hitchens
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A parting shot? Just as with rock bands that seem to have done more farewell tours than pre-farewell performances, there's probably more in the vault—but in this case, that's a very good thing indeed."
Hitherto uncollected journalistic pieces, much along the lines of Arguably (2011), in which the late, great, much-missed Hitchens (Mortality, 2012, etc.) takes stock of the world.Read full book review >

THE SPECTACLE OF SKILL by Robert Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The collection serves as a fine introduction to—and commemoration of—an incisive cultural critic."
Trenchant reflections on life and art from an award-winning critic and historian. Read full book review >
ABOUT WOMEN by Lisa Alther
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Entertaining, informative conversations between two women friends."
Two longtime friends discuss their lives and the world around them. Read full book review >
THIS OLD MAN by Roger Angell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"As this ebullient and eloquent collection amply shows, Angell can deftly touch that reader, on whom he bestows this lovely gift."
A miscellany of memorable prose. Read full book review >
THE QUARRY by Susan Howe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"For fans of Howe's poetry and readers fascinated by artistic process."
Accomplished New England poet Howe (Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, 2013, etc.) channels her personal story through a series of singular creative sources.Read full book review >
YOURS IN HASTE AND ADORATION by Terry Southern
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A must for fans of Southern, that great satirist, and a revealing look into the litbiz of old."
A collection of letters from one of the 20th century's most satirically witty writers. Read full book review >
THE WELL-EDUCATED MIND by Susan Wise Bauer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A useful resource for highly self-motivated readers."
Humanities home schooling for adults. Read full book review >
MEASURE YOURSELF AGAINST THE EARTH by Mark Kingwell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An engaging collection from an urbane, observant writer of admirably lucid prose."
Wide-ranging essays on contemporary life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >