Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"In a review of Kent Haruf's Benediction, Le Guin remarks on a character's 'humor so dry it's almost ether.' That praise applies to Le Guin as well in a collection notable for its wit, unvarnished opinions, and passion."
Collected nonfiction by the prolific, multiaward-winning writer. Read full book review >
VITAL LITTLE PLANS by Jane Jacobs
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A timely volume that supports Jacobs' aim to 'stir up some independent thinking urgently needed as a wake-up call for America.' A perfect complement to Robert Kanigel's excellent biography, Eyes on the Street (2016)."
A collection of short pieces by an outspoken champion of urban diversity. Read full book review >

SEEING AS YOUR SHOES ARE SOON TO BE ON FIRE by Liza Monroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An uneven collection in which the author shows that it's time to move on from mom."
A mother's monitoring becomes helpful but overwhelming as the author travels a rockier road than most toward domestic bliss. Read full book review >
UPSTREAM by Mary Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A lyrical, tender essay collection."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet lovingly reflects on her relationship to nature and the written word. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Up-and-down humor that sometimes gets to the heart of the realities of being black in America."
A black female comedian lays it all out there. Read full book review >

RULES FOR OTHERS TO LIVE BY by Richard Greenberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Despite the book's shortcomings, most readers will be disappointed to reach the final page."
A Tony Award-winning playwright turns his hand to humorous nonfiction in this generally disarming, self-mocking collection of essays on matters personal and cultural. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE AND THE BOOKS by Adam Kirsch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A fascinating, impeccably written, personal tour of the great books of Judaism."
How to read the Jewish past. Read full book review >
ON STORY by Barbara Morgan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An invaluable resource for film buffs and future storytellers interested in the creation of great Hollywood films over the last 40 years."
Iconic Hollywood filmmakers speak candidly about narrative, their process, and juicy experiences from the industry. Read full book review >
I'LL TELL YOU IN PERSON by Chloe Caldwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A transitional work that suggests Caldwell has even better books to come."
A major progression finds an essayist outgrowing her self-indulgence. Read full book review >
MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Only the most dedicated Ginsburg fans, and there are many, will devour everything here, but most readers will find items of interest from this icon of women's rights."
From the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, a collection of writings ranging from the slight to the serious. Read full book review >
ETHICS IN THE REAL WORLD by Peter Singer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Many pieces could well inspire conversations—and arguments—that deepen and complicate the crucial moral and ethical issues that Singer presents."
Collected opinion pieces from a renowned ethicist. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY by Paul Du Noyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A welcome contribution to a growing body of serious but not solemn work about The Fabs before and after, the cute bassist in particular."
"The world's most famous living Liverpudlian" speaks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >