Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC by Haruki Murakami
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A work that general readers will enjoy and the musical cognoscenti will devour."
The edited texts of six engaging conversations about music between the celebrated Japanese writer and the noted conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years. Read full book review >
TREASURE PALACES by Maggie Fergusson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing."
What makes a museum special? Read full book review >

MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Only the most dedicated Ginsburg fans, and there are many, will devour everything here, but most readers will find items of interest from this icon of women's rights."
From the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, a collection of writings ranging from the slight to the serious. Read full book review >
THE NEEDLE'S EYE by Fanny Howe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A slim volume that roams across continents, genres, and centuries to convey that which is so difficult to express."
An allusive and elusive collection of meditations on being and becoming, rites of passage, boys and the men they become. Read full book review >
SEEING AS YOUR SHOES ARE SOON TO BE ON FIRE by Liza Monroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An uneven collection in which the author shows that it's time to move on from mom."
A mother's monitoring becomes helpful but overwhelming as the author travels a rockier road than most toward domestic bliss. Read full book review >

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike."
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK by Julie Scelfo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An eclectic assortment of women make for an entertaining read."
An exuberant celebration of more than 100 women who shaped the myths and realities of New York City. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >
AM I ALONE HERE? by Peter Orner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Refreshing, finely turned gems of wit and wisdom from an author who has asked his family to bury him with a 'decent library.'"
A collection of literary tapas. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPES by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Although Landscapes requires some observational flexibility to experience with a feeling of cohesion, these worldly essays are timeless, inspiring works of critical observation."
Landscapes in the loosest, most metaphorical sense of the term, this illuminating compilation of essays by Berger (Portraits, 2015, etc.) aims to situate a range of art criticism into an accessible realm. Read full book review >
A LOWCOUNTRY HEART by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pleasant last words from a highly regarded author who loved his life."
A collection of blog entries by the late, beloved novelist, along with a miscellany of speeches, interviews, and writings by and about him. Read full book review >
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of 'assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion' regarding aboriginal people."
A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her country's indigenous citizens. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >