Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

A FAMILY SKETCH AND OTHER PRIVATE WRITINGS by Mark Twain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Of interest to Twain scholars and die-hard fans but not to a general audience."
A collection of writings by Twain, his wife and his eldest daughter that depict the day-to-day life of one of America's most beloved writers and his family. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"Inga joins the leagues of essayists who make the mundane truly entertaining."
An irreverent debut collection of essays on the quotidian details of family life. Read full book review >

BOMB by Betsy Sussler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Interviews that range from sparklers to Roman candles to skyrockets and beyond."
A co-founder and editor in chief of Bomb, the quarterly devoted to artists and writers, offers a wide-ranging selection of interviews—author on author—that spans the history of the journal.Read full book review >
BOHEMIANS, BOOTLEGGERS, FLAPPERS, AND SWELLS by Graydon Carter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into occasionally, this collection serves as a fine primer to one magazine's contribution to a golden age of American magazine writing."
A collection of a wide range of Vanity Fair articles ranging from 1914 to 1936, when the Great Depression forced the magazine to merge with Vogue. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Lightweight but informative, like a classy commemorative."
The author of A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps (2013) returns with a similar volume for the United States. Read full book review >

BEST FOOD WRITING 2014 by Holly Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Consistent in quality and enthusiasm, Hughes again delivers a cornucopia of varietal amusements for foodophiles whose palates crave invigorating interpretations and perspectives."
The 14th installment of a series known for dynamic, immersive food writing. Read full book review >
MAEVE'S TIMES by Maeve Binchy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"A blithe, entertaining collection that will surely delight Binchy's many fans."
Newspaper pieces by a prolific novelist and playwright. Read full book review >
BY THE BOOK by Pamela Paul
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Better scanned on the website."
A hit-or-miss collection of Q-and-As, posed mostly to writers in the New York Times Book Review's "By the Book" page. Read full book review >
A VOICE STILL HEARD by Irving Howe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"This important collection allows a new generation of readers to hear Howe's uncompromising voice."
Prescient and passionate critiques of American politics and culture from one of the 20th century's most important critics. Read full book review >
UNTOLD STORIES by Kate Cockrill
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"By telling the untold, these essays illuminate and help normalize reproductive experiences outside the norm."
Seventeen short essays explore nonstereotypical experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and child-raising, including the choice to be child-free. Read full book review >
GOOD DOG by David DiBenedetto
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Bird lovers may blanch at feather-in-the-mouth hunting tales, but this selection of vignettes is varied, entertaining and frequently heartwarming."
A sparkling collection of 51 dog stories that have regularly appeared in the eponymous columns of Garden & Gun since its launch in 2007. Read full book review >
I AM...ALL THAT IS by Cari
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A profound, sometimes-perplexing collection of writings on alternative approaches to spirituality."
Cari, a yogi, author, and spiritual counselor, has grouped together her reflections on a variety of philosophical and religious subjects. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >