Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

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 >
CONGRATULATIONS, BY THE WAY by George Saunders
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2014

"A slim volume appropriate as a graduation gift."
Another example of an author who might well reach a wider audience through a graduation speech than through anything else he has written. Read full book review >

THE OBJECT PARADE by Dinah Lenney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2014

"An eclectic treasury of the cherished and the evocative."
A pensive perusal of the objects that can define and shape a life. Read full book review >
WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? by Lynne Tillman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2014

"The world's culture dissected, one cunning, bemused essay at a time."
A miscellany of essays, critiques, narrative explorations and diversions from a literary iconoclast. Read full book review >
SELECTED SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Theodore Roosevelt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule."
An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Read full book review >

THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD MY DAUGHTER by Pearl Cleage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A warts-and-all self-portrait rendered in juicy, robust prose."
Cleage (Just Wanna Testify, 2011, etc.) reprints journal entries chronicling her tumultuous life in the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS by Marina Keegan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 8, 2014

"A well-deserved tribute to a talented young writer."
A collection of essays and short stories by a Yale graduate whose untimely death at age 22 cut short a promising journalistic and literary career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Completely over-the-top, scattered, only occasionally funny parenting humor. Pick up Robin O'Bryant or Jill Smokler instead."
Rants on the messier side of raising children. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 8, 2014

"Mostly stimulating stories of women's achievements sure to generate new ideas; best read in doses."
Success stories from women who have taken their lives in new directions. Read full book review >
NEW BORDER VOICES by Brandon D. Shuler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2014

"Students of Texas literature will want this as an index of both up-and-coming and canonical writers (absent Benjamin Sáenz and Cormac McCarthy). For students of borderlands literature writ large, a more general collection extending westward awaits its gatherer."
A mixed bag of writings from and about the Rio Grande country of Ojinaga, Terlingua and suchlike places. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE ANYTHING by Laura Brown
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2014

"Brown's concrete, common-sense approach makes this book a useful reference."
An enthusiastic writing coach offers practical support. Read full book review >
LIMBER by Angela Pelster
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2014

"As the author reveals in these charming essays, nature is imbued with enticing mysteries, and trees can be agents of salvation."
In this debut collection of essays, trees evoke lyrical reflections on the intimacies among humans, plants and animals. Read full book review >