“Daniel Mendelsohn fulfills his own criteria for good criticism. His erudition is always impressive, but one never feels that he is showing off.
“For the writers of this anthology, personal essays are political acts. . . . it’s an accessible, engaging book . . .”
“Coventry marks a return to a more conventional style of writing, yet retains that same sense of an alert, engaged intelligence, negotiating the complexities of women’s lives and i
In Chuck Klosterman’s “Tell Don’t Show,” furious ad executives shriek out what might be the premise of Raised in Captivity as a whole: “the consumer will extract from the story we construc
“Lebanese-British journalist Zahra Hankir has gifted us with these women’s experiences and their voices.”
Emily Nussbaum is insightful and engaging in this collection of essays, mostly from the New Yorker, for which she is the longtime television critic. Clearly, readers are in the hands of an
The anthology Considering Class: Theory, Culture and the Media in the 21st Century, provides invaluable perspectives on the working class at this critical historical time.
Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in 2014 at age 87, a Nobel Prize winner, admired as one of the finest novelists of the 20th century.
Here is the book so many have been waiting for. The book to make sense of so many others.
“Sacks is a humanist author, one who has an amazing capacity to inspire awe and reawaken the reader to the beauty of the smallest and often most unforgotten, disenfranchised aspects of life
“White is a refreshing read because it’s just so full of rage.
“[That] The Presidents makes a fast, engrossing read comes as no surprise . . . It works on so many levels including for a general audience.”
“Headcase is important reading for any LGBTQ persons with mental health and wellness concerns, and is equally important for the therapists who treat such populatio
“Imagine turning your head and holding your arm out, as if for a blood test.
“A slow, careful reading of this book will reveal the deep thinking and philosophical regard for the world that made it possible for Toni Morrison to create such towering literary works as
"Bukowski tells us: 'Drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day.'”
“W. S. Merwin’s The Mays of Ventadorn beautifully combines literary autobiography with literary history . . .”
One woman recalls, “I remember how I felt when I turned 40: elated, powerful, at the top of my game. It was a dizzying time.
“If Merton is to remain a living voice, it is from such honest and steadfast devotion as Mary Gordon’s On Thomas Merton.”
“a profoundly intelligent book. Wang addresses complex issues with scientific literacy and personal openness. Her book is valuable . . .”
“exposes violence in art, literature, thought, music, opera, movies, sports, love, landscapes, and in intellect itself.”
“To spend hours in this writer’s company as he records the days and years is to have an instructive and unfailingly urbane companion.”
“Every Krauthammer column is a joy to read—whether you agree or disagree with his particular position on a specific political issue or personality—because he combined graceful writing, comp
“politics on the level of the librarian, the parent, and the teacher.
“Stability is out, revolution is in, so are the Islamists, identity politics are a jumble, women and their bodies remain repressed, violence or its threat is endemic, corruption is all arou