Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

LIVING INTO THE MYSTERY by Kelli Summers Sorg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"A gentle, understatedly wise collection of reflections on issues of modern Christian faith."
An award-winning television producer and pastor collects letters she's sent to spiritual inquirers far and wide. Read full book review >
JONI MITCHELL by Malka Marom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"The gifted, adventurous musician talks as brilliantly as she writes and sings."
Three deep-running interviews with singer-songwriter Mitchell, by singer-journalist Marom. Read full book review >

THE ART OF SLOW WRITING by Louise DeSalvo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Elementary in many ways but infused with the faith of a true believer."
Note to aspiring writers: Slow down. Read full book review >
SYRIA SPEAKS by Malu Halasa
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An English Pen Award winner, this anthology forms a rich, creatively diverse motif sublimely representative of a country and its people awash in strife and insurgency."
An emancipating exhibition from uprising artisans of Syria. Read full book review >
CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Frequently powerful, occasionally opaque."
A prism of personal perspectives illuminates a poet's meditations on race. Read full book review >

I ONLY READ IT FOR THE CARTOONS by Richard Gehr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers who love the cartoons will appreciate knowing more about the cartoonists."
Incisive interviews with a dozen cartoonists whose work highlights the esteemed magazine. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014 by Scott McCloud
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The spirit of discovery makes this a good launching point for readers interested in the genre's variety and limitless possibility."
The latest annual roundup is more ambitious and conceptually audacious than is usual for any Best American series. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2014 by John Jeremiah Sullivan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Good reading on a variety of topics by an observant band of essayists."
The current iteration in the venerable franchise, edited this year by essayist Sullivan (Pulphead, 2011, etc.), who contributes a thoughtful introduction on the art of the essay since it was defined by Montaigne.Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
101 TWO-LETTER WORDS by Stephin Merritt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Any reader's vocabulary is likely to grow after reading Merritt's quirky wordplay, but edification is not the point; fun is, and Merritt and Chast deliver just that."
From "aa" to "zz," a compendium of curious words. Read full book review >
IMPOLITE CONVERSATIONS by Cora Daniels
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Lively discussion, occasionally sloppy prose and refreshing candor from two keen observers."
Two accomplished black professionals alternate outspoken, provocative views that revolve around race relations in America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >