Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE IMMIGRANT EXPERT by Robert M. Macala
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 23, 2014

"A hilarious, beauteous collection of immigrant tales."
Macala recounts the tall tales of his multinational Eastern European family. Read full book review >
WHERE THE OLD HIGHWAY HAD RUN by Chuck Klein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"Readers who love hot rods, guns and ammo, rock 'n' roll, and stories of heroic drivers and police are the best audience for this book."
These short stories and essays, mostly set within the landscape of southwestern Ohio, explore the overlapping worlds of cars, guns, and cops. Read full book review >

Host of Memories by Peter Rupert Lighte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Lively, evocative autobiographical essays."
Focusing Proust-like on the objects that embody memories, Lighte (Pieces of China, 2009) hosts a tour of his life, from an American Jewish upbringing to a career in China and London. Read full book review >
Journeys of Lightheartedness by Richard Moore
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A solid set of reflections on the places that make a life."
In these pleasant travel essays ranging from Patmos to Paris, Moore (How the DNR Stole Wisconsin, 2008) looks for the best in his destinations. Read full book review >
PLEASE FORWARD by Cynthia Joyce
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A book that preserves testimony that might have disappeared amid the news cycles and Web overflow."
A collection of blog posts bears witness to the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 22, 2015

"A clever, broad collection of short, definitive remarks about life, love, and social phenomena."
A collection of short sayings on a variety of topics, from intelligence and politics to wealth and happiness. Read full book review >
MULTIPLY/DIVIDE by Wendy S. Walters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A curious collection, as interesting for the way the pieces fit together as for the accomplishment of any one of them."
A poet's collection of prose that blurs the boundaries of fiction, memoir, and essay. Read full book review >
HOMO SAPIENS by Mark Gerszewski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Cultural criticism that recycles familiar material with refreshing élan but doesn't cover a lot of new ground."
A collection of essays that diagnoses the steady decline of civilization, often masked as progress. Read full book review >
THE WISE LEGACY by Daniel J. Siegel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Of greatest interest to those who knew Sidney Wise—but also a poignant reminder of a more civil political era."
This tribute volume collects statements from and interviews with students, colleagues, relatives, and friends of Sidney Wise, an influential professor. Read full book review >
VERY GOOD LIVES by J.K. Rowling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 14, 2015

"That second matter is a point that could stand elaboration. On the strength of this sharp, inspirational piece, we hope that Rowling will add a book of essays to her CV."
Harry Potter's creator faces a crowd of uber-Muggles—the graduating class of Harvard University—whom she enjoins to stretch their minds and be awesome. Read full book review >
THE MEANING OF THE LIBRARY by Alice Crawford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rich, informative, and engaging collection."
The invention and reinvention of libraries. Read full book review >
NOTE BOOK by Jeff Nunokawa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"An engaging multimedia project offering even more food for thought when translated to the linearity of the printed page."
Literary-based reflections on and of the virtual age. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >