Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 11)

MAN REPELLER by Leandra Medine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Humorous, insightful and sometimes-sparkling essays that will appeal to readers interested in the pure fun of fashion."
Medine writes the well-publicized blog Man Repeller, and her debut memoir reveals extended, comedic stories about her Manhattan upbringing, adolescent embarrassments, young marriage and, always, details about what she wore. Read full book review >
CONFRONTING THE CLASSICS by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing."
This collection by Beard (Classics/Cambridge Univ.; The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, 2008, etc.) provides a traditional classical education, and there's no need to learn a dead language. Read full book review >

101 Things I Want to Say to My Daughter, Andrea, on Beginning Her Career by Douglas J. Wood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A welcome adjunct to the wealth of how-to parenting literature."
An affectionate advice and how-to manual for an adult child. Read full book review >
NOVEMBER 22, 1963 by Dean R. Owen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"All walks of life are represented in this immense cross section of Americans' grief and groping for comprehension."
A mostly reverential compendium of voices touched by the promise and spirit of John F. Kennedy's presidency—and the shock of his death. Read full book review >
OCCASIONAL DESIRE by David Lazar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Jagged pieces of a mirror that reveal a quirky, informed and immensely curious character."
Essayist Lazar (Creative Writing and English/Columbia Coll., Chicago; The Body of Brooklyn, 2003, etc.) returns with a collection of ruminations ranging from the quotidian to the querulous, from the evanescent to the enduring. Read full book review >

SKIN IN THE GAME by Dennis Laich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"An absolutely essential read for those concerned about the U.S. military, its purpose and its future."
A retired general offers his opinions on the state of America's volunteer army and some suggestions for its future. Read full book review >
SNOW ON THE PEA SOUP by Gregory Randall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"Quick and light, with a lack of self-importance that makes it more charming than frivolous. "
A random collection of memories, part travelogue and diary, held together by light interjections of humor. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE SHORT by Roy Peter Clark
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Writers can surely benefit from practicing some of these tiny techniques, but voracious reading, writing, traveling, thinking and feeling can help even more."
A veteran writing teacher at the Poynter Institute returns with some ideas that writers can learn from the short forms that now proliferate—from tweets to text messages to bathroom scrawls (really). Read full book review >
TALK ABOUT A DREAM by Christopher Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A fascinating addition to the growing shelf of Springsteen studies, probably best read in doses."
A career-spanning collection of interviews with The Boss. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S PATH by Phil Nuernberger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 17, 2013

"A highly readable philosophical treatise blended with equally readable spiritual teachings."
A guide for taking freedom from an abstract concept to a concrete experience. Read full book review >
MY 1980S AND OTHER ESSAYS by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A challenging, rich, aesthetic autobiography and intellectual high-wire act that rarely falters."
Critical and personal essays from noted poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (English/CUNY Graduate Center; The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
LET FREEDOM RING by Kitty Kelley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Fine photos, concise text, including excerpts from remarks of the day, and a solid view of the Kennedy administration dragged into the American future."
Fifty years later, a stirring evocation of the 1963 March on Washington. Read full book review >