Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

MULTIPLY/DIVIDE by Wendy S. Walters
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A curious collection, as interesting for the way the pieces fit together as for the accomplishment of any one of them."
A poet's collection of prose that blurs the boundaries of fiction, memoir, and essay. Read full book review >
A WOMAN IN ARABIA by Gertrude Bell
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An impressive anthology by a scholar who knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff within the massive amount of primary source material Bell left behind at her death."
Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) shattered gender stereotypes while influencing British policy in the Middle East, particularly in the areas in and around present-day Iraq. Editor Howell (Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, 2007) brings the "female Lawrence of Arabia" to life through judicious selections from Bell's massive public writings and personal papers.Read full book review >

Snapshots from my Uneventful Life by David I. Aboulafia
Released: Aug. 7, 2015

"The funny bits in this Everyman's true-life stories will remind readers to look on the bright side of life."
Debut author Aboulafia highlights absurd and memorable events from his life in humorous autobiographical essays. Read full book review >
ON WRITING by Charles Bukowski
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Always passionate, frequently funny, occasionally incoherent excerpts from a significant 20th-century American writer."
A selection of writing on writing from the "Dirty Old Man" of American letters. Read full book review >
Life's Too Short for Leftovers by Michael Ditchfield
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A series of moving, important stories from a passionate humanitarian that's sometimes overshadowed by its clever concept."
A humanitarian and amateur chef reflects on Africa, cooking, and what he's learned from those two passions. Read full book review >

Get Reel by Nancy Mramor Kajuth
Released: July 29, 2015

"Helpful 'trance-breaking techniques' for a better life in front of and away from the screen."
A media commentator offers tips and discussions on how to consume media more consciously. Read full book review >
NAPOLEON ON WAR by Bruno Colson
Released: July 22, 2015

"A thoroughly detailed scholarly work, somewhat repetitious and not for the merely curious or casual reader. For professional military historians and theorists, however, it should be highly useful."
Editor Colson (History/Universite de Namur, Belgium) closely examines the military concepts and strategies of "the greatest warrior of all time," whose "mastery of mass warfare and his ability to raise, organize, and equip numerous armies dramatically changed the art of war." Read full book review >
My Power To Change by Theodoor Richard
Released: July 20, 2015

"A fluid, insightful read on the topics of self-improvement, spirituality, and fulfillment."
In this debut collection of essays and meditations, the author presents ideas for holistic living and a possible path to growth and awareness. Read full book review >
The Bullied Anthology: Stories of Success  by Bhavya  Kaushik
Released: July 15, 2015

"A worthwhile resource for counselors, teachers, and others who work with children."
A collection of personal experiences with bullies sends a positive message to kids going through the same ordeal. Read full book review >
A Son's Journey by Kurt Kazanowksi
Released: July 6, 2015

"A thorough, clearly written guide for children of aging parents."
A handbook for people caring for elderly parents, written by the founder of a home health care firm. Read full book review >
Bi by Lawrence J.W. Cooper
Released: July 2, 2015

"A thoughtful retrospective offering an unusual look at bisexuality from a poetic and historic angle."
Cooper pours his heart onto the page in this debut, which is unequal parts autobiography, poetry, and self-help aimed at those who have struggled or are struggling with questions of sexuality, love, and belonging. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rich, informative, and engaging collection."
The invention and reinvention of libraries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >