THE SELECTED LETTERS OF ELIA KAZAN by Albert J. Devlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An impressive work of scholarship, this collection offers a sweeping look at 60 years of American popular culture and an intimate portrait of one complex man whirling at its center."
An engrossing collection chronicles the acclaimed director's life and work. Read full book review >
SUNDAYS AT EIGHT by Brian Lamb
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"These richly detailed and forthright interviews offer unique perspectives on the inspirations and creativity of writers."
Notable writers talk candidly about their lives and work. Read full book review >

THE INFORMED AIR by Muriel Spark
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"Spark's haughty disdain is evident in many essays, but Jardine's judicious selections offer glimpses, as well, of a softer, gentler writer."
An autobiography in essays from an esteemed Scottish writer. Read full book review >
RADIANT TRUTHS by Jeff Sharlet
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"The pieces are heterodox enough to have commonality only insofar as they address questions of the great beyond, but readers will find plenty here to sustain questions—and perhaps even a few answers—of their own."
Sharlet (English/Dartmouth Coll.; Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between, 2011, etc.) assembles a highly literate potpourri of writings about religion, faith and other manifestations of "the production of social life." Read full book review >
THE KEILLOR READER by Garrison Keillor
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2014

"Keillor's moments of contemplation have produced some of the finest essays in this lovely collection."
Melancholy and joy infuse Keillor's (O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, 2013, etc.) latest collection. Read full book review >

THE ONLY SOUNDS WE MAKE by Lee Zacharias
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Zacharias shows a keen eye for detail (she's also a photographer), a strong sense of place, and an ambivalent, unsentimental examination of blood ties and family legacy."
A novelist and professor's essay collection that almost coalesces into a memoir. Read full book review >
THE BRIDESMAIDS by Eimear Lynch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"An intimate oral history of the silly, funny and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience."
Vignettes from modern bridesmaids. 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 >
MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sharp narratives that illuminate and challenge the status quo of women's roles in the world. Slim in scope, but yet another good book by Solnit."
Acclaimed author and Harper's contributing editor Solnit (The Faraway Nearby, 2013, etc.) expounds on the way women are perceived in American culture and around the world. Read full book review >
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU by Christopher Buckley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"Prone to benign mischief, a literary twinkle in the eye, Buckley nails his targets more often than not yet likewise has fun with unexpected asides, like the "excruciatingly chaste" plays of the otherwise notorious Marquis de Sade."
Buckley (They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, 2012, etc.) offers stylishness and nimble wordplay in this latest collection of (generally) lightweight ruminations on contemporary culture and its foibles. 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 >
FRIDAY WAS THE BOMB by Nathan Deuel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"The author's honesty and his self-absorption are two sides of the coin."
These essays can stand alone, but they cohere as a slim memoir of a young American family's years of danger in the Middle East. Read full book review >