Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

THE IDIOCY OF PERFECTION by Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2017

"A judicious, agile look at the limits of reason and modern liberalism."
A series of biographical vignettes captures a shared skepticism about the rewards of modernity. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough
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Released: April 18, 2017

"Clio, the muse of history, smiles and nods her head on every page."
A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian and biographer. Read full book review >

THESE POSSIBLE LIVES by Fleur Jaeggy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 25, 2017

"Enjoy these short, meditative pieces slowly; Jaeggy is addictive."
Three sensuous minibiographies in light and shade. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Even those who only dimly remember Royce White, Pavement, or Gnarls Barkley will find the reflections on them engaging."
A collection of journalistic pieces that remain provocative, or at least interesting, even if the subjects that inspired them have faded from memory. Read full book review >

TYPEWRITERS, BOMBS, JELLYFISH by Tom McCarthy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative."
A debut collection of essays covering the scope of modern literature, along with a quiet plea for its violent overthrow. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE HOME by Fenton Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"In taut, sometimes-tense prose, Johnson shows us so many varieties of human pain as well as many glimmers of hope."
A writer with deep Appalachian roots rehearses his life story, positioning it under the most exacting of microscopes. Read full book review >
ALIENS by Jim al-Khalili
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves."
In a series of 20 essays detailing cutting-edge scientific data and theories, renowned researchers expound on the possibility—or probability?—of extraterrestrial intelligence. Read full book review >
JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH by Michael Chabon
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Released: May 30, 2017

"Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict."
On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine, top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. Read full book review >
IN THEIR LIVES by Andrew Blauner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 23, 2017

"A charming, delightful collection for Beatles fans and music fans in general."
What's your favorite Beatles song? Read full book review >
THE AUTHENTIC LOVER by Chris  Hakim
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2017

"Powerful, persuasive encouragement toward better and wiser loving."
A spirited analysis of the concept of love and romanticrelationships.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >