Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

THE DAEMON KNOWS by Harold Bloom
Released: May 12, 2015

"As always, Bloom conveys the intimate, urgent, compelling sense of why it matters that we read these canonical authors."
Elegiac, gracious literary ponderings that group and compare 12 giants of American literature. Read full book review >
Awakening to Aging by Myrtle Heery
Released: May 7, 2015

"A meditation on aging for those who see the final years as an opportunity for personal development and joy."
Death isn't the enemy in this carefully curated collection of essays, which paints the aging process as an opportunity for self-discovery, acceptance, and growth. Read full book review >

Released: May 5, 2015

"Snarky history and piquant criticism as delivered by the smartass in the back of the classroom."
A charmingly random omnibus from a wisecracking know-it-all. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intelligent rallying cry for anyone seeking a safe and healthy food supply, and all that entails."
When a book begins with an essay titled "A Food Manifesto for the Future," you know the author is on a mission. Read full book review >
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson
Released: May 5, 2015

"A book that will challenge readers as much as the author has challenged herself."
A fiercely provocative and intellectually audacious memoir that focuses on motherhood, love and gender fluidity. Read full book review >

At the Teahouse Café by Isham Cook
Released: May 5, 2015

"An odd book of essays offering inconsistent views of modern China."
Cook (Massage and the Writer, 2014, etc.) offers essays detailing his observations of Chinese life, culled from his years of living there. Read full book review >
BLENDED by Samantha Waltz
Released: May 1, 2015

"These writings inform, wrestle with, and embrace these questions and more."
Writers of all stripes explore the experience of being part of a stepfamily. Read full book review >
NOTE BOOK by Jeff Nunokawa
Released: May 1, 2015

"An engaging multimedia project offering even more food for thought when translated to the linearity of the printed page."
Literary-based reflections on and of the virtual age. Read full book review >
COMMUNION by Curtis Smith
Released: April 30, 2015

"Other good humans may find inspiration in these humanist homilies."
An essayist muses on faith and fatherhood. Read full book review >
FIND THE GOOD by Heather Lende
Released: April 28, 2015

"Optimistic, slightly humorous reflections on living a fully engaged, meaningful life."
An unlikely source delivers tidbits on living well. Read full book review >
I Mean You No Harm; I Seek Your Greatest Good by Jim  Mehan
Released: April 28, 2015

"An engaging, albeit imbalanced, discussion of the psychology and application of trust building."
Author of four previous books, poet and positive psychologist Meehan (Hall Ways to Success and Significance, 2014, etc.) explores the origins and meanings of two promises that have guided his life work as an organizational relationship consultant.Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2015

"An indispensable resource for understanding the Snowden leaks."
An intense examination of whistleblower Edward Snowden that successfully wades through both partisan rhetoric and ideological constraints. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >