Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

You Can't Un-Ring the Bell by Shirley J. Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2016

"A well-intentioned but meandering meditation on pain and healing."
A seasoned psychologist offers wisdom and experience about facing life's hardships in this compact self-help volume. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2016

"A lengthy manifesto for AMCAP that lays out a vision for an ascendant black America."
Rempson (Minority Access to Higher Education In N.Y. City, 1972) examines what he sees as the root causes of education and economic-mobility gaps that affect African-American males.Read full book review >

WE ARE AFGHAN WOMEN by George W. Bush Presidential Center
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A galvanizing collection of a traumatized population learning to believe in itself."
A compilation of committed Afghan women voices that underscores the great advances made in women's lives and the arduous job still ahead. Read full book review >
THE SELECTED LETTERS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER by William Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"As with many volumes of selected letters, this one is studded with interesting material but patchy overall."
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) scholar Anderson (River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain, 2003, etc.) presents a collection of her heretofore unpublished personal and business letters.Read full book review >
THE WAYS OF THE WORLD by David Harvey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 2, 2016

"The dense doses of Marxist theory will be fairly unapproachable to readers not well-versed with the socialist thinker, but Harvey writes clearly, leading to understanding, albeit only with intense concentration and perhaps multiple readings."
Harvey (Anthropology and Geography/CUNY Graduate Center; Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, 2014, etc.) employs the theories of Karl Marx to explain the genesis of political and economic problems in nations relying on private markets.Read full book review >

THE FACE by Ruth Ozeki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"Saving face, face value, and putting on a brave face will all resonate differently with readers of this quirky, philosophical series."
Three titles inaugurate a new series of short paperbacks offering meditations on the author's face. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2016

"A shrewd, illuminating, and entertaining exploration of the twisted roots of writerly creativity."
Behind the gangsters, corrupt plutocrats, stoic gumshoes, and femmes fatales hovers Dr. Sigmund Freud, who masterminds the mayhem in classic private-eye stories, according to this study in Freudian lit-crit. Read full book review >
In the Cheap Seats by Springs Toledo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"The author lands verbal jabs that deftly complement the often ruthless action he describes."
A collection of essays explores the "sweet science" of boxing and its unique culture. Read full book review >
Protestants by Alain Marshall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"Diverting historical stories hampered by garbled prose."
In short, anecdotal chapters, this conversational work profiles mostly lesser-known English separatists from the early 17th century. Read full book review >
THE GREAT LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A valedictory work full of erudition and heart."
The late, great Mexican novelist and critic (1928-2012) offers a personal history of the fiction he admired. Read full book review >
EVERY SONG EVER by Ben Ratliff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A collection of essays that makes unlikely connections that will encourage music fans to listen beyond categorical distinctions and comfort zones—though reading the book feels a little incomplete without the listening that should accompany the experience."
A veteran New York Times critic, Ratliff here goes beyond the focus on jazz in his previous books (The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music, 2008) to explore the consumption of music in its widest variety and availability. Read full book review >
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRITICISM by A.O. Scott
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A zealous and well-considered work of advocacy for an art too often unappreciated and misunderstood."
An exploration of criticism, which "is not an enemy from which art must be defended, but rather another name—the proper name—for the defense of art itself." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >