Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike."
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >

AM I ALONE HERE? by Peter Orner
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Refreshing, finely turned gems of wit and wisdom from an author who has asked his family to bury him with a 'decent library.'"
A collection of literary tapas. Read full book review >
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of 'assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion' regarding aboriginal people."
A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her country's indigenous citizens. Read full book review >

"This insightful, often charming book has much to offer anyone seeking to improve how learning occurs, whether one shares Hamilton's vision or not."
A utopian manifesto for replacing compulsory education with self-driven, lifelong learning. Read full book review >

EAT LIVE LOVE DIE by Betty Fussell
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dazzling showcase for Fussell's delicious ability to 'taste...words with the kind of pleasure that turns cooking fires into the fires of love.'"
The idiosyncratic food writer harvests some of her best work in a savory collection that doubles as a memoir and declaration of faith. Read full book review >
THE BITCH IS BACK by Cathi Hanauer
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A provocative collection about 'what happens later, after those frantic, demanding, exhausting years with work and very young kids and, sometimes, not enough money.'"
Successful women writers reflect on being mature and female in early-21st-century America. Read full book review >
A Time for War by Ronald Wheatley
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"An engaging journalistic account of American military and civilian service during wartime."
A journalist's anthology of interviews with soldiers from several American wars as well as other patriots. Read full book review >
Wrestling with God by Barbara Falconer Newhall
Released: Feb. 19, 2015

"A thoughtful, well-written sampling of religious uncertainty."
Newhall explores the porous boundary between skepticism and belief in this debut work of nonfiction. Read full book review >
ON STORY by Barbara Morgan
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An invaluable resource for film buffs and future storytellers interested in the creation of great Hollywood films over the last 40 years."
Iconic Hollywood filmmakers speak candidly about narrative, their process, and juicy experiences from the industry. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A timely volume that supports Jacobs' aim to 'stir up some independent thinking urgently needed as a wake-up call for America.' A perfect complement to Robert Kanigel's excellent biography, Eyes on the Street (2016)."
A collection of short pieces by an outspoken champion of urban diversity. Read full book review >
WE GON' BE ALRIGHT by Jeff Chang
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations."
In this collection, written "in appreciation of all the young people who would not bow down," outspoken journalist Chang (Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America, 2014, etc.) offers six critical essays addressing racial inequality and inequity and how these provocative, multifaceted issues impact virtually every culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >