Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >
THEATER OF CRUELTY by Ian Buruma
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A unique intelligence encounters the uniqueness of art and culture, and readers are the beneficiaries."
Buruma (Human Rights and Journalism/Bard Coll.; Year Zero: A History of 1945, 2013, etc.) presents a series of essays on a variety of cultural subjects— simmering below all: war and destruction. Read full book review >

STUDY IN PERFECT by Sarah Gorham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A contemplative, lyrical, splendid collection."
Essays and musings considering the elusive and evocative idea of perfection. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS by Greil Marcus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essayistic, occasionally disconnected, but Marcus does what he does best: makes us feel smarter about what we're putting into our ears."
Another allusive, entertaining inquiry by veteran musicologist Marcus (The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
GLOBAL MUCKRAKING by Anya Schiffrin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The incredible amount of work that Schiffrin put into the selection of the articles and those who explain them makes this a top-notch anthology of significant journalism."
This is no mere collection of exposés. It is a global look at the 20th-century writers who have dared to uncover stories of injustice and abuse. Read full book review >

WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of reading."
An artist investigates how we make meaning from words on a page. Read full book review >
YOU ANIMAL MACHINE (THE GOLDEN GREEK) by Eleni Sikelianos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 3, 2014

"This is writing and reading as adventure, where every page can bring a different sort of revelation."
A wonderfully strange and inventive book by a professor and poet who combines various forms into an unclassifiable whole. Read full book review >
Phoning Home by Jacob M Appel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2014

"Entertaining, intelligent and compassionate essays that provoke reflection."
In these essays, a noted bioethicist takes a thoughtful, wry look at his personal life as a way to touch on larger issues. Read full book review >
TWICE UPON A TIME by Hari Kunzru
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"An aural and visual immersion like no other, showing the dimensions that 'books' can explore onscreen that they can't in print."
A visionary e-book exploring the medium's multimedia possibilities while offering meditations on the sounds of New York and the life and work of the late street composer Moondog. Read full book review >
SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2014

"A collection that can't be categorized as memoir or travel writing or literary criticism but cohesively combines such elements and more."
Place, identity and the limitations of language converge in this slim collection of illuminating and incisive essays. Read full book review >
THE 40s by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"An absolute treat. Hopefully, the New Yorker will continue to publish such anthologies on other decades."
Make room on the bookshelf. The New Yorker's look at 1940s history, culture, literature and civilization is a book to be read, reread and savored. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL by David McCullough Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Neither sage nor curmudgeon, McCullough is a thoughtful pre-Socratic without a schadenfreude-soaked bone in his body."
The cult of exceptionalism, like celebrity worship, is draining us of our humanity and joy, suggests high school teacher McCullough, whose expertise comes from having nearly three decades of teaching experience and four children of his own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >