Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 6)

THE SMITHSONIAN'S HISTORY OF AMERICA IN 101 OBJECTS by Richard Kurin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-conceived and well-illustrated pleasure to read, combining narrative history and keepsake volume."
An overstuffed exploration of American history as related through material artifacts, from Meriwether Lewis' compass to relics of the Space Age. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Barack Obama smashed down one long-closed door in 2008. This book makes a compelling case for another shattering of barriers sooner rather than later."
Intriguing interviews exploring the role of women in American political leadership. Read full book review >

THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Wise, humane and always insightful."
A well-organized collection of a beloved, award-winning writer's nonfiction essays about her personal and literary lives. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Helpful exercises combined with the memories of one woman's journey down the oftentimes scary and lonely path of the writer."
A woman explores her personal world of writing. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A moving, wistful, uniquely entertaining tribute."
A chorus of fascinating and mostly thoughtful voices reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An inspiring jail companion guidebook brimming with straight-talking tough love."
Sage, dignified adjuration for the imprisoned. Read full book review >
WHERE WERE YOU? by Gus Russo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An engrossing, politically charged accompaniment to a TV event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination."
The companion volume to a forthcoming NBC documentary on the Kennedy assassination. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF MEN by Colum McCann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A mixed bag. Each piece is intended to respond to "an essential question: What is a man?" but the answers remain elusive."
A collection of 80 pieces on the essence and challenges of manhood that almost reads like a literary parody of self-help books. Read full book review >
A READER'S BOOK OF DAYS by Tom Nissley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Just the thing for the book collector and trivia buff in the family."
A calendar and treasure trove for the bookish among us, marking events in literary history great and small, writers' birthdays and death dates, and the like. Read full book review >
THE MOST OF NORA EPHRON by Nora Ephron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A delightful collection from a unique, significant American writer."
A thick collection of writings by the iconic Ephron (I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, 2010, etc.), a year after her much-mourned death. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 2, 2013

"A surprisingly diverse collection of dating tidbits cloaked with anonymity."
This nonfiction book of collected online dating messages shows a spectrum of personalities, from charming to alarming. Read full book review >
THINKING by John Brockman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"For serious readers interested in keeping up with what serious thinkers are thinking about thinking, this book offers nourishing food for thought."
Another compendium derived from the online salon Edge.com, this time essays from its section called "Mind." Read full book review >