Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 3)

WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >
OTHERHOOD by Melanie Notkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A fun, sexy examination of why more women are remaining childless longer and what that means for their lives and society."
A frank, hopeful look inside the world of single, childless women facing the end of their fertility. Read full book review >

A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET by Madhulika Sikka
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Insightful, helpful comments on living with breast cancer."
A compilation of thoughts by a woman with breast cancer. Read full book review >
MFA VS NYC by Chad Harbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Essential insights, masterfully assembled, on the precarious state of American publishing."
A cast of literary professionals offers an entertaining bounty of experience, opinions and advice. Read full book review >
THE KENNAN DIARIES by Frank Costigliola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"Students of modern history will take great interest in this work, which ably straddles the frontiers of the personal, political and philosophical."
One of 20th-century America's most significant diplomats offers a window into his inner life and private concerns, fears and dreams. Read full book review >

LIFE by Lisa Sugarman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"Appealing, embracing essays about everyday life."
In this collection of previously published opinion columns, Sugarman shares her gently humorous, inspirational musings about life. Read full book review >
A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY by W.G. Sebald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"This last word from the novelist provides a nice footnote on his own writing."
The late German novelist's essays of appreciation for writers and artists whose influences pervade his work. Read full book review >
NOTES TO BOYS by Pamela Ribon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ribon's numerous fans should welcome this retelling of "things she shouldn't share in public," now twined with her adult musings. For others, it's a tedious slog through a year in the life of a teenager who, as the author herself recalled, wrote obsessively, compulsively and constantly."
Blogger, TV writer, "retired derby girl [and] Wonder Killer" Ribon (You Take It from Here, 2013, etc.) provides a contemporary perspective on her younger self's most intimate teenage longings. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"You will be surprised, you will learn a lot, and indeed, you will have a higher quality of things to worry about."
As if we didn't have enough to worry about, an acclaimed website gleans sophisticated anxieties for our consideration from a cohort of well-educated, highly influential people. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF ROBERT FROST, VOLUME 1 by Robert Frost
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Judiciously annotated with a biographical glossary of correspondents and an indispensable chronology, this volume may well inspire a Frost renaissance."
Letters illuminate the life of an iconic American poet. Read full book review >
Hallucinabulia by Thomas Wictor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Remembered, surreal dreams become the prose equivalent of Salvador Dali paintings and films."
A detailed diary of Wictor's (Ghosts and Ballyhoo: Memoirs of a Failed L.A. Music Journalist, 2013, etc.) surreal dreams and nightmares, which reflect his dysfunctional love life and personal demons as a struggling LA music journalist. Read full book review >
WE CALLED HIM RABBI ABRAHAM by Gary Phillip Zola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"A rich, scholarly, instructive reminder that there's always more to learn about Honest Abe."
A comprehensive collection of documents describing and characterizing the special bond between the 16th president and many American Jews before and after his death. Read full book review >