Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
THE BITCH IS BACK by Cathi Hanauer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A provocative collection about 'what happens later, after those frantic, demanding, exhausting years with work and very young kids and, sometimes, not enough money.'"
Successful women writers reflect on being mature and female in early-21st-century America. Read full book review >

THE JANE AUSTEN WRITERS' CLUB by Rebecca Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A worthy companion for writers and readers that entertains and enlightens."
Jane Austen's "five-times-great-niece" draws inspiration and instruction from her ancestor's novels and letters in this valuable compendium of advice. Read full book review >
SOUL AT THE WHITE HEAT by Joyce Carol Oates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"As always, Oates is curious, probing, and memorably startling."
Another collection of sparkling literary essays from the prolific author of both fiction and nonfiction. Read full book review >
LOST WAX by Jericho Parms
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"As an artist and a person, what Parms desires most of all is 'to soak everything in,' and as she does so, we find her to be a perceptive, unsettling, and surprisingly endearing guide."
A debut author exhibits a mind brimming with ideas and fired by self-inquiry, drawn equally to the wondrous and tragic, with thoughts framed in sections named after the sculptures of Degas, Bernini, and Rodin. Read full book review >

I'M JUDGING YOU by Luvvie Ajayi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bits of humor help these occasionally hard-hitting essays go down."
A collection of societal criticism tempered with humor. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE I LOOK by Helen Garner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Like strolling around in an idiosyncratic, surprising, and informative museum."
A veteran Australian novelist and essayist returns with a motley, spirited collection of pieces dating back more than a decade. Read full book review >
THE LOST WORK OF WILL EISNER by Will Eisner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The value of this work lies in its presentation of the seeds of germination for what came later."
The earliest comic strips by the pioneering cartoonist and seminal graphic novelist. Read full book review >
WE GON' BE ALRIGHT by Jeff Chang
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations."
In this collection, written "in appreciation of all the young people who would not bow down," outspoken journalist Chang (Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America, 2014, etc.) offers six critical essays addressing racial inequality and inequity and how these provocative, multifaceted issues impact virtually every culture. Read full book review >
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of 'assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion' regarding aboriginal people."
A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her country's indigenous citizens. Read full book review >
Eternal Harmony by Ron R. Rickards
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A worthwhile contribution to the ongoing debate about the nature of religion and rationality."
A scientist takes a philosophical stand against the idea that science has a monopoly on reason. Read full book review >
SENIOR MOMENTS by Willard Spiegelman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Spiegelman's preference for masters of 'cool clarity, sharpened perception, and a transparent style' is revealed in his own writing, which is lucid and propulsive, opening portals to heightened enjoyment of the time we have."
A wide-ranging collection of essays reflecting the septuagenarian author's rejection of the more hysterical predictions of cultural doom. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >