Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Steven H. Bell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 25, 2013

"An advice book that astutely recognizes that what benefits one partner ultimately benefits both."
A sometimes-humorous, biblically grounded guide for husbands seeking to enrich their marriages. Read full book review >
NAKED DETERMINATION by Gisela Hausmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"A unique life well-lived, but the telling isn't quite ready for prime time."
Vienna-born Hausmann has loved, lost and traveled—and she describes 41 short lessons she's learned along the way. Read full book review >

ENCOUNTERS WITH AUTHORS by Dale Andrew White
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"An eclectic collection that illuminates the writing processes but too often feels incomplete."
Headlined by discussions with Lonesome Dove (1985) author Larry McMurtry and Watership Down (1972) writer Richard Adams, White's (A Florida Anthology, 2013, etc.) selection of stories contains intimate sit-downs with authors from a wide range of genres. Read full book review >
MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS by Donna Leon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An uneven collection showing Leon to be a cranky, though sometimes witty and insightful, critic of her times."
An American mystery writer reveals a new character: herself. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Delicious reading for the discerning foodie."
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Read full book review >

OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD by Stephen Lorch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"An absorbing, winning tour of one indomitable man's life and mind."
A collection of personal essays organized alphabetically. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A study that belabors the obvious and provides little illumination."
Delbanco (English/Univ. of Michigan) must have intended this as a bookend to his earlier study, Lastingness: The Art of Old Age (2011). Through a selection process that seems arbitrary, he focuses on (in chronological order) author Stephen Crane, painter Dora Carrington and composer George Gershwin. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Thoughts on the Bollywood "dream machine" and what successful Indian émigrés in America can impart to those back home round out this clear, illuminating study for all readers, business and academic."
From the proficient team that put together Reimagining Japan comes another concise, timely compendium. Read full book review >
WHITE GIRLS by Hilton Als
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Als' work is so much more than simply writing about being black or gay or smart. It's about being human."
Meditations, appraisals, fictions and personal inquiries about sex, race, art and more from the longtime New Yorker staff writer and cultural critic. Read full book review >
THE TORCHLIGHT LIST by Jim Flynn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"An idiosyncratic (at best) celebration of the joy of reading."
A slim volume that gives suggestions of 200 books that will take readers through "the magic realm of literature," yet it offers too little magic and, surprisingly, finds too little of it in the recommended books. Read full book review >
PIECES by Tom Dawson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"A book of ephemera that makes up in breadth for what it lacks in depth."
Dawson offers excerpts from his novel Cottonwood (2012), a few line drawings, plus blog posts on everything from Twitter to Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea. Read full book review >
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A small Cabinet of Wonder, detailing some diverting oddments and minutiae of past times."
A literary excursion around the clock and through the year in miniature essays about a host of diverse, fanciful topics. Read full book review >