Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

WHY SAVE THE BANKERS? by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"If reading Piketty's columns brings back bad memories of tough times of the recent past, it also helps make sense of recent financial history. Just be prepared for a mental workout."
"In the long run, patrimonial capitalism is the only kind that can exist." The noted scholar of inequality (Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2014, etc.) looks at recent events through an economist's lens.Read full book review >
APPROVAL JUNKIE by Faith Salie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Funny, touching essays on being a multifaceted woman with unique dreams, desires, and needs."
A TV and radio host acknowledges her need to be liked and tells how she's worked hard to overcome this. Read full book review >

LIVES OF THE POETS (WITH GUITARS) by Ray Robertson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite the title adapted from Samuel Johnson and the occasional reference to Aristotle or Kierkegaard, Robertson does not strain to justify the music as poetry in this solid collection of essays."
A Canadian novelist illuminates the lives and careers of musicians he loves in a dozen critical essays. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2009

"Readers willing to endure choppy statements and a profusion of capital letters will come away with nuanced, occasionally controversial, ideas about life and existence."
Forss' (The Way We Were, 2014) personal tome concerns aliens, God, and ideas for humanity. Read full book review >
<i>EAT PRAY LOVE</i> MADE ME DO IT by Michelle Koufopoulos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 29, 2016

"A new treat for Gilbert's many fans."
Grateful readers tell why Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir became such a phenomenal success. Read full book review >

THE NEAREST THING TO LIFE by James Wood
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 28, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on literature's gifts and consolations."
The New Yorker critic celebrates the richness of literature in his own life. Read full book review >
LADIES NIGHT AT THE DREAMLAND by Sonja Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Wise, fresh, captivating essays."
Radiant essays inspired by "slivers and bits" of real women's lives. Read full book review >
CALLINGS by Dave Isay
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"Inspiring, insightful, and thoroughly readable."
A distinguished public radio producer's collection of conversations with Americans who "found…their way to doing exactly what they were meant to do with their lives." Read full book review >
THE GIRLS IN MY TOWN by Angela Morales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Essays that are as thematically ambitious as they are deeply personal."
Morales (English/Glendale Community Coll.) debuts with a compellingly rendered collection of essays, the winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize.Read full book review >
SO SAD TODAY by Melissa Broder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Sordid, compulsively readable entries that lay bare a troubled soul painstakingly on the mend."
Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and addiction all resonate in this outspoken collection of essays. Read full book review >
CONGRESS, PRESIDENTS, AND AMERICAN POLITICS by Lee H. Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2016

"The book—essentially an encapsulation of the author's philosophy of politics and politicians—is a good choice for those who want to believe in government again."
A U.S. Representative from Indiana for 34 years reviews the best of the commentaries he sent to his constituents during his years in office. Read full book review >
PROXIES by Brian Blanchfield
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2016

"Often illuminating and occasionally impenetrable."
A prizewinning poet confronts the challenges of creative nonfiction and the struggles of his career in a collection of high-concept, densely packed essays. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >