Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

INSURRECTIONS OF THE MIND by Franklin Foer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"As this rich anthology shows, the debate over the meaning, viability and political effectiveness of liberalism continues—and not only in the pages of the New Republic."
What is liberalism? One magazine has grappled with that question for a century. Read full book review >
FINDING YOUR ROOTS by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Primarily of interest to avid genealogy buffs."
The latest from redoubtable historian Gates (African-American Research/Harvard Univ.; Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008, 2011, etc.) is not, despite the title, about finding your roots. A companion text to the popular PBS series, and following his similar Faces of America (2010), it's about finding the roots of 25 American notables of diverse ethnicity. Read full book review >

STUDY IN PERFECT by Sarah Gorham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A contemplative, lyrical, splendid collection."
Essays and musings considering the elusive and evocative idea of perfection. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Remarkable stories of love, sacrifice and survival."
A wide-ranging collection of essays centering on the author's Italian family members.Iodice (Future Shock 2.0, 2014, etc.) begins his book with the life story of his mother-in-law, Giovannina, who survived a Spanish flu epidemic and two world wars on the island of Ponza. Read full book review >
READ HARDER by Ed Park
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hotly anticipated in 2020: The Believer's Read Hard with a Vengeance."
Nineteen essays, often funny and sometimes poignant, from the journalists, essayists and novelists long admired by the editors at McSweeney's Believer magazine. Read full book review >

HAPPINESS by Editors of n+1
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sometimes-angry, always intelligent, deeply earnest, n+1, protesting against the glib, the slick and the trendy, is well-represented by this articulate collection."
The editors of the feisty literary journal celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection. Read full book review >
CUPCAKE FACTORY by DJ Ass Maggots
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"A relentlessly explicit and deliberately incendiary sendup of modern American society."
A raunchy collection of skits, rants and fantasies about American politics and pop culture. Read full book review >
HOMO SAPIENS by Mark Gerszewski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Cultural criticism that recycles familiar material with refreshing élan but doesn't cover a lot of new ground."
A collection of essays that diagnoses the steady decline of civilization, often masked as progress. Read full book review >
WOMEN IN CLOTHES by Sheila Heti
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"'What are my values?' one woman asks. 'What do I want to express?' Those questions inform the multitude of eclectic responses gathered in this delightfully idiosyncratic book."
A quirky anthology exploring the meaning of clothes. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Ruhl's musings may remind readers of Lydia Davis' aphoristic short stories: fresh, piquant and slyly irreverent."
An acclaimed playwright reflects on her art and craft. Read full book review >
THE FAME LUNCHES by Daphne Merkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >
WALL, WATCHTOWER, AND PENCIL STUB by John R. Carpenter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Though erratically presented, this work of literary research should spur further study."
An examination of the seminal works of World War II, many of which opened eyes to truth by eyewitnesses. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >