Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 7)

HAPPENSTANCE by Robert Root
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Although the narrative is occasionally meandering and stolid, the best sections address the difficulties inherent in coming to terms with parental imperfections."
A nonfiction-writing professor muses on the random occurrences that led to his parents' troubled marriage and its subsequent effects on his own trajectory. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Stamp collectors and Anglophile history buffs alike will enjoy this book—and for the reader who's both, it's a sure bet."
A philatelic journey through Old Blighty, suitably geeky at moments, though not without a robust nostalgia for empire and better days. Read full book review >

THE LETTERS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY by John F. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Though remarkably comprehensive for its limited length, more of Kennedy's voice would have served Sandler's purpose better."
A selection of letters to and from John F. Kennedy written over the course of 35 years. Read full book review >
HISTORY DECODED by Brad Meltzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Slick and engaging but lightweight—a good impulse read for fans of secret histories."
From a prolific novelist and legal analyst, a bemused look at the hidden conspiracies threaded throughout American history—the companion volume to the History Channel show. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF ARTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR. by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A treasure trove that enriches understanding of some of the men and women who helped shape events from World War II to the present."
An insightful, unique view of the multiple Pulitzer-winning liberal icon Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007). Read full book review >

BEST FOOD WRITING 2013 by Holly Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A literary trek across the culinary landscape pairing bountiful delights with plenty of substantive tidbits."
Longtime editor Hughes once again compiles a tasty collection of culinary essays for those who love to eat, cook and read about food. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS by Dougall A.S. Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A collection that offers a range of insights into some of the most difficult metaphysical questions."
A posthumous collection of essays by an author who carefully dissects human relationships with God. Read full book review >
SMITHSONIAN CIVIL WAR by Neil Kagan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"For the 150th anniversary of the war, 150 lushly illustrated thematic essays about both the objects the various Smithsonian sites hold and the people associated with them."
With the help of a cast of thousands, including Hyslop (Contest for California: From Spanish Colonization to the American Conquest, 2012, etc.), Kagan—former publisher of Time-Life Books and editor of other Civil War titles (Great Battles of the Civil War, 2002, etc.)—has assembled a striking collection of images with some equally clear words to accompany them. The selections range from the expected to the surprising. Read full book review >
THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN LETTERS by Leonard Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Bernstein emerges as highly literate, compassionate, astonishingly busy and gifted almost beyond measure."
Nearly 60 years of revealing letters to and from the composer of West Side Story, a musical colossus who stood with one foot on Broadway, the other in whatever of the world's symphony halls he wished. Read full book review >
ALL THE SONGS by Philippe Margotin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2013

"Essential for Beatles fans and a pleasure to read."
Quick: What's the last cover the Beatles ever recorded? Read full book review >
WHAT W.H. AUDEN CAN DO FOR YOU by Alexander McCall Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A lovely yet overstretched article or essay topic; there's earnest enthusiasm aplenty but not enough else to support a full book."
A beloved author waxes poetic on an unlikely muse: the poet W.H. Auden. Read full book review >
RUDE BITCHES MAKE ME TIRED by Celia Rivenbark
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Once again, Rivenbark reliably delivers what her fans have come to expect: a self-assured combination of common sense, sharp humor and a dash of Southern charm."
More ribald social input from humor columnist Rivenbark. Read full book review >