Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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 >
THE GUNS WE LEFT BEHIND by P.R. Hirsh
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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 >
I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY I AM by Jenny Mollen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2014

"A simple exercise comprised of equal parts crass, snarky humor and narcissistic blather."
Actress Mollen delivers a collection of 15 raunchy essays. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO THE CORNFIELD by Alipio Baldi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 17, 2014

"A three-dimensional look at major developments in conservative politics and culture."
Baldi (The Grand Experiment: What Went Wrong?, 2012, etc.) presents a collection of philosophical musings, political commentaries and general thoughts on life. Read full book review >
SMALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Joel Schwartzberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2014

"Many parents, divorced or not, will see reflections of themselves in this pleasant collection."
A collection of humorous, sometimes poignant essays from an award-winning writer and happily divorced father who confesses to hating kids' music but loving Barry Manilow tunes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >