Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE MAD FEAST by Matthew Gavin Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Although Frank's riffs occasionally recall Gertrude Stein's dizzyingly obscure Tender Buttons, overall, he's produced a surprising, entertaining look at what Americans eat and why."
A journey in search of America's tastes. Read full book review >
Awakening to Aging by Myrtle Heery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2015

"A meditation on aging for those who see the final years as an opportunity for personal development and joy."
Death isn't the enemy in this carefully curated collection of essays, which paints the aging process as an opportunity for self-discovery, acceptance, and growth. Read full book review >

I Mean You No Harm; I Seek Your Greatest Good by Jim  Mehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2015

"An engaging, albeit imbalanced, discussion of the psychology and application of trust building."
Author of four previous books, poet and positive psychologist Meehan (Hall Ways to Success and Significance, 2014, etc.) explores the origins and meanings of two promises that have guided his life work as an organizational relationship consultant.Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"An odd but alluring retelling of the works of an obscure author."
Schwartz (Some Women I Have Known, 2015, etc.) reintroduces a forgotten Dutch literary giant in this work of literary criticism. Read full book review >
HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise."
Photographer and author Stanton returns with a companion volume to Humans of New York (2013), this one with similarly affecting photographs of New Yorkers but also with some tales from his subjects' mouths.Read full book review >

YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL by Kunal Nayyar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Nice guy; nice book."
An amiable collection of reminiscences by the Indian actor about girls, school, jobs, family, and acting. Read full book review >
MASSIVE PISSED LOVE by Richard Hell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fuel for Hell's minions, a fan's notes for fans."
The storied punk rocker, autodidact, and memoirist (I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, 2013) careens among a host of lit- and culture-crit topics.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Wildly creative ideas from intelligent writers who want more for women, regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference."
A few dozen writers envision a more balanced world. Read full book review >
The Bullied Anthology: Stories of Success  by Bhavya  Kaushik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2015

"A worthwhile resource for counselors, teachers, and others who work with children."
A collection of personal experiences with bullies sends a positive message to kids going through the same ordeal. Read full book review >
End of the Rainbow by Bill Miller
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 2015

"A passionate call for social change."
An African-American novelist muses upon the world's enduring racial tensions in this nonfiction work. Read full book review >
THE NIXON TAPES by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Essential for students of late-20th-century American history and the Nixon presidency."
Brinkley and Nichter (The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972, 2014, etc.) conclude their project of publishing highlights from Richard Nixon's infamous tapes with this volume from the last year of recording.Read full book review >
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >