Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD by Durga Chew-Bose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"Chew-Bose is an intense observer and cataloger of sensations, but this type of literary impressionism, where self-discovery becomes self-absorption, wears thin."
A debut collection of personal essays from a Montreal-born writer. Read full book review >
ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uneven introduction to an iconoclast whose voice will likely resonate with a specific generation."
A debut collection of essays by a BuzzFeed Canada senior writer. Read full book review >

LIFE AFTER YOUTH by Sean Sammon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Not just for the religious; a familiar but useful guide for embracing aging."
A philosophical and theological treatise discussing the emotional upheavals experienced during the transition into middle age and the joys to be discovered if the transition is understood and appreciated. Read full book review >
GUESSWORK by Martha Cooley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"A quiet memoir with emotional power that is subtle, artful, and piercing."
The author of the honored novel The Archivist (1998) returns with a sometimes-wrenching memoir-in-essays about love and loss. Read full book review >
YAWN by Mary Mann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Readers who come to share Mann's understanding could find the book useful, or at least a brief diversion from their boring lives."
Studying a mood that "pops up in every facet of existence, from work to love to war." Read full book review >

THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Edward McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A lively, enlightening, and occasionally disturbing book that envisions the future as already broken."
Off to look for America. Read full book review >
SALLIES, ROMPS, PORTRAITS, AND SEND-OFFS by August Kleinzahler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Tasty literary assessments served with a dollop of gossip."
A noted poet opines on other writers. Read full book review >
WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >
THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"With minimal redundancy, the voices culminate to illuminate an extraordinarily rich picture book, provide fresh insight into human needs, and inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely."
Conversations with the legendary children's book creator, along with "companion guides" exploring the artist's psyche and works. Read full book review >
THE GLOBAL NOVEL by Adam Kirsch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 25, 2017

"An insightful addition to the Columbia Global Reports roster."
A critical appreciation of "world literature," highlighting works that combine specifics of locality with global reach. Read full book review >
THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man."
Raw glimpses of the humorist's personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"An essential tour de force for poetry buffs."
A striking anthology of interviews that sheds light on one of the most iconic poetry institutions in New York City. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >