Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lucid, sinewy sentences lash, tickle, and caress."
A veteran essayist for the New York Times collects some gems from his pile of precious—though not always popular—stones.Read full book review >
COMPLICATED GRIEF by Laura Mullen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lyrical and tricky: for serious readers."
In a memoir/essay collection, poet Mullen (Director, Creative Writing/Louisiana State Univ.; Enduring Freedom, 2012, etc.) explores emotional secrets and rupture.Read full book review >

MY WIFE WANTS YOU TO KNOW I'M HAPPILY MARRIED by Joey Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A candid, subtly profound collection."
Franklin (English/Brigham Young Univ.) meditates on the nature of manhood by reflecting on his life as a married father of three boys. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A glossary explains the relatively few philosophical terms Klein sprinkles in this warm, winsome book of eclectic musings."
A miscellany of concise advice about life. Read full book review >
THE UNCOLLECTED DAVID RAKOFF by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A hit-and-miss selection that is more of a footnote to Rakoff's career than a summary of it."
A posthumous, clearinghouse collection by the writer and NPR humorist. Read full book review >

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >
PORTRAITS by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although some of the more mannered pieces don't work as well as others, it's always Berger's unique, captivating mind on display in these unabashedly personal essays—and that never disappoints."
A Berger sampler: the esteemed art critic offers up personal portraits of a wide array of well-known and lesser-known artists and art works. Read full book review >
REPORTING ALWAYS by Lillian Ross
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readable and rewarding and, though more than a touch old-fashioned, full of exemplary reporting."
An anthology of New Yorker stories form a living bridge to journalism's golden age—which, as it happens, wasn't all that long ago.Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S GUITAR AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A memoir/essay collection of consistently heartfelt and enlightening morsels of humanity."
Creatively dispatched memories from a noted essayist and fiction writer. Read full book review >
EATING WORDS by Sandra M. Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"Useful as a textbook, the volume is a rewarding read for anyone who eats, cooks, or muses about food."
A literary feast for foodies. Read full book review >
Caution, Writer Ahead by Joel Habush
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2015

"An amusing compilation of Midwest-flavored wit and occasional astringency."
Habush offers a collection of comical essays, script parodies, and short humor pieces, a number of them riffing on the writing life. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Ernest Hemingway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A meticulously edited volume offering an unvarnished portrait."
The third volume of a projected 17-volume collection of Hemingway's letters covers three years during which the author rose to literary fame with the publication of The Sun Also Rises (1926), Torrents of Spring (1926), and the collection Men Without Women (1927).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >