Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

READ HARDER by Ed Park
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hotly anticipated in 2020: The Believer's Read Hard with a Vengeance."
Nineteen essays, often funny and sometimes poignant, from the journalists, essayists and novelists long admired by the editors at McSweeney's Believer magazine. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS by Editors of n+1
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sometimes-angry, always intelligent, deeply earnest, n+1, protesting against the glib, the slick and the trendy, is well-represented by this articulate collection."
The editors of the feisty literary journal celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection. Read full book review >

CUPCAKE FACTORY by DJ Ass Maggots
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"A relentlessly explicit and deliberately incendiary sendup of modern American society."
A raunchy collection of skits, rants and fantasies about American politics and pop culture. Read full book review >
WOMEN IN CLOTHES by Sheila Heti
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"'What are my values?' one woman asks. 'What do I want to express?' Those questions inform the multitude of eclectic responses gathered in this delightfully idiosyncratic book."
A quirky anthology exploring the meaning of clothes. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Ruhl's musings may remind readers of Lydia Davis' aphoristic short stories: fresh, piquant and slyly irreverent."
An acclaimed playwright reflects on her art and craft. Read full book review >

THE FAME LUNCHES by Daphne Merkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >
WALL, WATCHTOWER, AND PENCIL STUB by John R. Carpenter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Though erratically presented, this work of literary research should spur further study."
An examination of the seminal works of World War II, many of which opened eyes to truth by eyewitnesses. Read full book review >
BOOKS THAT COOK by Jennifer Cognard-Black
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Food lovers and cookbook collectors will savor this literary stew."
A buffet of poems, stories, essays and recipes. Read full book review >
MASTERFUL MARKS by Monte Beauchamp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"There's always a hit-or-miss quality to such projects, and some question over the selections, but what's great here is really terrific."
Graphic biographies of 16 of the most influential cartoonists by some of the great cartoonists they influenced. Read full book review >
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Honest messages from one of America's best known women."
A compilation of advice from the Queen of All Media. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS by Greil Marcus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essayistic, occasionally disconnected, but Marcus does what he does best: makes us feel smarter about what we're putting into our ears."
Another allusive, entertaining inquiry by veteran musicologist Marcus (The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS by Tom Ferguson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"A clear, well-intentioned and thoughtful religious compilation."
A debut collection of essays about the nature of faith. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >