Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

IN PRAISE OF PROFANITY by Michael Adams
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A sharp, well-studied dissection of the role of swearing in culture, why people curse, and why it's good for us."
An academic's defense of curse words, cusses, swears, and other expletives. Read full book review >
In the Cheap Seats by Springs Toledo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"The author lands verbal jabs that deftly complement the often ruthless action he describes."
A collection of essays explores the "sweet science" of boxing and its unique culture. Read full book review >

BLACK MAN, WHITE HOUSE by D.L. Hughley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Funny, insightful, and legitimately illuminating."
The Obama years, through a glass cleverly. Read full book review >
Disappearing Act by Tom Soter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 4, 2014

"A volume offers entertaining essays about New Yorkers, perfect for passing time on an uptown subway ride."
In his second collection of personal essays, Soter (Overheard on a Bus, 2014, etc.) explores topics ranging from Alzheimer's to improvisational comedy. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"A creative and scientifically wide-ranging account of Europe's success as a conqueror."
A sweeping debut book attempts to explain the politics of invasion in terms of ecological factors. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS

"A thoughtful and thorough examination of the intersection of public policy and ideology."
A debut book examines the connection between political progressivism and the practice of eugenics. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2016

"A colorful account of the rise of Islamic radicals in Afghanistan."
This first installment of a two-volume history tracks the ascent of Afghanistan as a hotbed for terrorism. Read full book review >
A New Science by Mukesh Prasad
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2016

"While exploring a rich variety of topics, from climate change to Einstein, this collection of scientific thoughts lacks polish."
A scientific freethinker draws on his Usenet posts to argue for reinterpretations of mainstream theories. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE I LOOK by Helen Garner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Like strolling around in an idiosyncratic, surprising, and informative museum."
A veteran Australian novelist and essayist returns with a motley, spirited collection of pieces dating back more than a decade. Read full book review >
I'M JUDGING YOU by Luvvie Ajayi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bits of humor help these occasionally hard-hitting essays go down."
A collection of societal criticism tempered with humor. Read full book review >
LOST WAX by Jericho Parms
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"As an artist and a person, what Parms desires most of all is 'to soak everything in,' and as she does so, we find her to be a perceptive, unsettling, and surprisingly endearing guide."
A debut author exhibits a mind brimming with ideas and fired by self-inquiry, drawn equally to the wondrous and tragic, with thoughts framed in sections named after the sculptures of Degas, Bernini, and Rodin. Read full book review >
Peter Thiel by Richard Byrne Reilly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2016

"A short, scattered introduction to Thiel's worldview in his own words."
A compilation of entrepreneur Peter Thiel's thoughts on seemingly everyone and everything. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >