Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

Evolution of the Feminine Mystique  by Malia Litman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Plenty of valuable information but marred by too much scolding."
Litman (The Ignorance—Virtues of Sarah Palin, 2010, etc.) welcomes readers to her formulation of the so-called third wave of feminism.Read full book review >
THE CITY AT THREE P.M. by Peter LaSalle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"An up-and-down collection of essays on what a fiction writer does when he isn't writing fiction."
A collection of what could be called literary travel criticism. Read full book review >

MY FATHER'S GUITAR AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A memoir/essay collection of consistently heartfelt and enlightening morsels of humanity."
Creatively dispatched memories from a noted essayist and fiction writer. Read full book review >
REPORTING ALWAYS by Lillian Ross
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readable and rewarding and, though more than a touch old-fashioned, full of exemplary reporting."
An anthology of New Yorker stories form a living bridge to journalism's golden age—which, as it happens, wasn't all that long ago.Read full book review >
MY WIFE WANTS YOU TO KNOW I'M HAPPILY MARRIED by Joey Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A candid, subtly profound collection."
Franklin (English/Brigham Young Univ.) meditates on the nature of manhood by reflecting on his life as a married father of three boys. Read full book review >

THE QUARRY by Susan Howe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"For fans of Howe's poetry and readers fascinated by artistic process."
Accomplished New England poet Howe (Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, 2013, etc.) channels her personal story through a series of singular creative sources.Read full book review >
CENSORSHIP NOW!! by Ian F. Svenonius
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"For the author's fans and disaffected teenagers of vaguely leftist impulses."
Rant 'n' roll from D.C. musician/writer/broadcaster Svenonius (Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, 2013, etc.), who's not at all happy with the world as it is.Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE PUBLISHER by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A treat for book lovers, especially those who lust for the productions of Feltrinelli, Bompiani, and, of course, Adelphi."
The eminent Italian litteratus and publisher brings learning and passion to this chronicle of the business of getting books into the hands of readers. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lucid, sinewy sentences lash, tickle, and caress."
A veteran essayist for the New York Times collects some gems from his pile of precious—though not always popular—stones.Read full book review >
HISTORY'S PEOPLE by Margaret MacMillan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A concise, educational overview of some of the men and women who have carved out spots in the annals of history and why they should be remembered. Fans of the author are in for another treat."
An acclaimed historian gives her take on some of the important people who have shaped the present world. Read full book review >
COMPLICATED GRIEF by Laura Mullen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lyrical and tricky: for serious readers."
In a memoir/essay collection, poet Mullen (Director, Creative Writing/Louisiana State Univ.; Enduring Freedom, 2012, etc.) explores emotional secrets and rupture.Read full book review >
THE STONE READER by Peter Catapano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Serious pieces that serve as counterweights to the frothy blogosphere."
Philosophy made relevant by writers grappling with thorny issues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >