Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 8)

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
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
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
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
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
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 >
Released: July 22, 2014

"A nostalgic, entertaining look at gun culture."
In this collection of essays and fictional stories, a hunter, gun collector and competitive shooter shares his lifelong passion for guns. Read full book review >
WILD FLOWERS by Francis William Bessler
Released: July 16, 2014

"Readers interested in a unique belief system will enjoy many of this author's musings."
Debut author Bessler offers a collection of essays and songs about life and religion.Born in 1941, this former seminarian, divorcee and avid blogger has a lot of opinions to share. Read full book review >
HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP by Lisa Scottoline
Released: July 8, 2014

"Short and snappy, these comic essays are best read in small doses."
The Italian mother-daughter team is back with another series of amusing commentaries on life. Read full book review >
Released: July 7, 2014

"Fantastical, atmospherically moody and Poe-like in its laudanum-fueled dreaminess."
An investigation of our first encounters with the giant squid, a creature "more bizarre than anything appearing in Star Wars." Read full book review >
THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT by Francisco Goldman
Released: July 2, 2014

"A gifted writer submerges his grief in his deep affection for his adopted city."
The death of the author's wife hovers over this densely meandering, poignant look at the simmering violence in his beloved Mexico City. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES TOO by Felice Picano
Released: June 19, 2014

"An intensely personal collection centered on the survivor of a fascinating, chaotic time."
Picano expands on the autobiographical essays of his previous book, True Stories (2011).In this sequel, Picano reflects on family, relationships and the various cities of his past, most notably New York, where he was active in the pre- and post-Stonewall gay community of lower Manhattan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >