Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 9)

THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2013 by J.R. Moehringer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting."
For more than two decades, this series has provided annual roundups of some of the best American writing about sports, broadly and generously defined, from the previous calendar year. The 2013 edition continues this tradition. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING 2013 by Siddhartha Mukherjee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A stimulating compendium."
An anthology of some of the finest writing (if not the best) on science, nature and mathematics from American publications in 2012, selected and edited by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, 2010). Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2013 by Dave Eggers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A motley collection to match every mood a relentless reader might have."
Celebrated editor and author Eggers (Hologram for the King, 2012, etc.) returns with his 12th—and final, he says—edited collection of pieces selected by student members of 826 National. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"For students of American politics and history, an intriguing, unique window into the formation of one of the country's most enduring and controversial dynasties."
A fascinating album of the Kennedy matriarch's collection of family photos focusing on the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2013 by Cheryl Strayed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Though the rubric of "essay" seems to be synonymous with "intimate memoir," these frequently personal encounters remain oddly seductive."
Still under the general editorship of Robert Atwan and this year edited by Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2012, etc.), the annual reprise of the venerable series takes a decidedly introspective turn. Read full book review >

HOW TO READ A NOVELIST by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A box of literary bonbons: addictive in spurts, but after a while, they all taste the same."
Flattering profiles of modern novelists by an astute, occasionally fawning reader. Read full book review >
GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Sari Botton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Variations on a theme with too little variation; Joan Didion said it all and more memorably."
Twenty-seven female authors on their breakups with the Big Apple. Read full book review >
BETWEEN ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES by Thomas Peyton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 4, 2013

"An eloquent and charming, if somewhat aimless, memoir and travelogue."
A posthumous collection of essays and musings by a well-traveled man. Read full book review >
TWO PROSPECTORS by Chad Hammett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A bright pathway directly into the hearts and minds of two compelling men."
A decadeslong friendship between the writer and his former father-in-law, revealed in a collection of letters, notes and transcripts. Read full book review >
HEARTS AND MINDS by Hannah Gurman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"These sharp criticisms of the methods and consequences of counterinsurgency campaigns merit serious consideration."
A collection of essays on counterinsurgency highlighting the "cognitive dissonance" in foreign policy of America's refusal to acknowledge the implications of its chosen role as successor to Europe's colonial powers. Read full book review >
STILL WRITING by Dani Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Cleareyed, honest and grounded."
A best-selling author's thoughtful examination of her life and the creative process that has defined it. Read full book review >
FAMILY TROUBLE by Joy Castro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A well-balanced panoply of family-centric musings from authors conflicted between responsibility and retribution."
A chorus of noteworthy memoirists reflects on the ethical consequences of airing dirty laundry. Read full book review >