Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >

DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Wendell Berry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Candid, introspective and often deeply philosophical, these letters offer intimate glimpses into the lives and minds of two influential contemporary writers."
A collection of letters chronicling two writers' friendship and common interests in nature and faith. Read full book review >
YOU ANIMAL MACHINE (THE GOLDEN GREEK) by Eleni Sikelianos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 3, 2014

"This is writing and reading as adventure, where every page can bring a different sort of revelation."
A wonderfully strange and inventive book by a professor and poet who combines various forms into an unclassifiable whole. Read full book review >
A LITERARY EDUCATION AND OTHER ESSAYS by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2014

"Lots of erudition and bloody (right-ish) fun."
A curmudgeonly cultural critic collects a potpourri of his pieces from the past 30 years, most from Commentary and the Weekly Standard. Read full book review >
Phoning Home by Jacob M Appel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2014

"Entertaining, intelligent and compassionate essays that provoke reflection."
In these essays, a noted bioethicist takes a thoughtful, wry look at his personal life as a way to touch on larger issues. Read full book review >
FEARLESS GENIUS by Doug Menuez
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 27, 2014

"A vital piece of photographic history."
A pictorial and textual time machine documenting the driven personalities who pioneered the technological world from 1985 to 2000. Read full book review >
THE PEAS WERE COLD by Barry Damsky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 21, 2014

"An often uplifting collection about life's joys, wonders and quirks, shared by a writer who experienced them all."
A new anthology of the previously published musings of an upstate New York newspaper columnist. Read full book review >
THE BROWN READER by Judy Sternlight
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 20, 2014

"For its intended audience, this collection will be a welcome souvenir."
A gathering of memories marks Brown's 250th anniversary. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >