Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
UTOPIA IS CREEPY by Nicholas Carr
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A collection that reminds us that critical thinking is the best way to view the mixed blessings of rampant technology. A treat for Carr fans."
Popular technology guru Carr (The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, 2014, etc.) offers a skeptical chronicle of the wonders of the digital revolution. Read full book review >
THE SHIPWRECKED MIND by Mark Lilla
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Lilla provides a welcome corrective in restoring analytical balance but is less convincing when he veers toward polemics."
A short book drawn from a series of essays analyzes the contemporary relevance of the oft-maligned "reactionary," who isn't retreating into the past so much as reclaiming it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >