Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Frequently powerful, occasionally opaque."
A prism of personal perspectives illuminates a poet's meditations on race. Read full book review >
I ONLY READ IT FOR THE CARTOONS by Richard Gehr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers who love the cartoons will appreciate knowing more about the cartoonists."
Incisive interviews with a dozen cartoonists whose work highlights the esteemed magazine. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014 by Scott McCloud
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The spirit of discovery makes this a good launching point for readers interested in the genre's variety and limitless possibility."
The latest annual roundup is more ambitious and conceptually audacious than is usual for any Best American series. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2014 by John Jeremiah Sullivan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Good reading on a variety of topics by an observant band of essayists."
The current iteration in the venerable franchise, edited this year by essayist Sullivan (Pulphead, 2011, etc.), who contributes a thoughtful introduction on the art of the essay since it was defined by Montaigne.Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
101 TWO-LETTER WORDS by Stephin Merritt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Any reader's vocabulary is likely to grow after reading Merritt's quirky wordplay, but edification is not the point; fun is, and Merritt and Chast deliver just that."
From "aa" to "zz," a compendium of curious words. Read full book review >
IMPOLITE CONVERSATIONS by Cora Daniels
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Lively discussion, occasionally sloppy prose and refreshing candor from two keen observers."
Two accomplished black professionals alternate outspoken, provocative views that revolve around race relations in America. Read full book review >
THE GETAWAY CAR by Donald E. Westlake
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2014

"Westlake kept a list of possible book titles, the last of which was Read Me. It would have been just the right one for this bright, witty book."
Assorted selections from a beloved crime writer. Read full book review >
HYENA by Jude Angelini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A grating collection from a poor-man's Howard Stern."
An explicit collection of stories from the host of The All Out Show on Sirius. Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >
THEATER OF CRUELTY by Ian Buruma
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A unique intelligence encounters the uniqueness of art and culture, and readers are the beneficiaries."
Buruma (Human Rights and Journalism/Bard Coll.; Year Zero: A History of 1945, 2013, etc.) presents a series of essays on a variety of cultural subjects— simmering below all: war and destruction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >