Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >
HALLELUJAH ANYWAY by Anne Lamott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lamott always delivers flashes of wisdom and inspiration that resonate, particularly with her most devoted readers, but the book is a somewhat opaque and redundant exercise that never quite feels grounded."
A meditation on the benefits of discovering and extending mercy. Read full book review >

INSANE CLOWN PRESIDENT by Matt Taibbi
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 16, 2017

"A lively set of dispatches that shows how even the harshest skeptic in the pundit class can be blindsided."
Looking back in bemusement and (eventually) anger at the 2016 presidential campaign with Rolling Stone's pugnacious political correspondent. Read full book review >
FIELD RECORDINGS FROM THE INSIDE by Joe Bonomo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A largely unfocused and insular journey through Bonomo's experiences with pop music."
An unconventional investigation into the ways in which music influences our lives. Read full book review >
AT THE LIGHTNING FIELD by Laura Raicovich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"A detailed observation of what it means to make a detailed observation."
A contemplation of an outdoor art instillation sparks meditations on time, distance, infinity, memory, and the interrelationship between the work and the viewer. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO A YOUNG WRITER by Colum McCann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pithy, wise, and gently encouraging advice from an acclaimed fiction writer."
A demonstration of how precision, care, and hard work are the writer's crucial tools. Read full book review >
THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"As always, Solnit is eloquent and sharply insightful."
A distinguished cultural critic tackles "the binaries and boundaries of gender" while examining the continuing evolution of feminism. Read full book review >
DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? by Harold Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"Thoughtful ruminations about current language mixed with praise for clarity and disdain for murkiness."
Although this is yet another how-to, self-help text for would-be writers—with some of the usual hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about the abuses of English today—this one merits more attention because it comes from the keyboard of a celebrated journalist and editor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their stories after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
I’M OK, YOU’RE A PAIN IN THE ASS...A LOVE STORY by J. Michael Chamberlain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2016

"A sometimes-amusing but uneven collection."
A debut book of humorous, autobiographical essays from a self-described "doctor of comedy." Read full book review >
A LITTLE BOOK ON FORM by Robert Hass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Erudite, witty, and well-informed, this encyclopedic labor of love will become the go-to book on poetic form for years to come."
What makes a poem tick. Read full book review >
SLIGHT EXAGGERATION by Adam Zagajewski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An illuminating prose album of candid musings on the 'melancholy and joyful' gifts of art."
Reflections on art, music, poetry, and family from an acclaimed Polish poet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >