Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
ALL THESE WONDERS by Catherine Burns
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 21, 2017

"As Neil Gaiman writes in his foreword, 'the Moth teaches us not to judge by appearances. It teaches us to listen. It reminds us to empathize.' Here's to at least 20 more years."
The Moth's 20-year retrospective contains all the hope, sadness, triumphs, and tribulations that have defined the pioneering live reading series since its modest debut in 1997. Read full book review >

PRACTICE RESURRECTION by Erik Reece
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Reece's insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment."
Religion, ecology, literature, family, and ideas all commingle in this collection. Read full book review >
HOW WE SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER by Ander Monson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A cornucopia of essays sure to lead to conversations with one another that will inform, puzzle, and surprise."
Take one daily and call me every morning. That's the website header for Essay Daily, the source for this anthology. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ORIGINALITY by Louise Glück
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A love of poetry—of the poet's life—infuses these essays and brings a glow to the theoretical and a bright flame to the personal."
A celebrated poet collects some recent essays on theory, craft, and other poets. Read full book review >

THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"As always, Solnit is eloquent and sharply insightful."
A distinguished cultural critic tackles "the binaries and boundaries of gender" while examining the continuing evolution of feminism. Read full book review >
MORE ALIVE AND LESS LONELY by Jonathan Lethem
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A throwaway line from an essay on amnesia sums up this standout collection: 'I followed the higher principle of pleasure, tried to end where I'd started: with writing I loved and wanted to recommend to someone else. That is to say, you.'"
One of America's most accomplished writers looks back between the pages of other writers' books. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors."
A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
YOU, TOO, COULD WRITE A POEM by David Orr
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Orr says the greatest compliment for any critic 'is to say that you found yourself thinking of his writing the next time you encountered a good poem.' He abundantly deserves that same praise."
Fresh, vigorous, spirited views on poets and their work. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by David A. Moss
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A sterling educational tool that offers a fresh presentation of how 'democracy in America has always been a contact sport.'"
A vigorous civics lesson of 19 case studies that illustrate America's evolving democratic processes and institutions. Read full book review >
HOME AND AWAY by Karl Ove Knausgaard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the correspondence is mostly about soccer, it is also about so much more."
An epistolary exploration of soccer and life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >