Monuments of Tibet, Islam & Muslim Beliefs, “Mummymania,” & More | Reference Reviews, February 15, 2015


Henss’s epic book on Tibetan history and culture will be in great demand, Renard explains Islam using an accessible and balanced approach, a truly rollicking blend of scientific and pop culture for “mummymaniacs” everywhere.

Art History, Poet Hirshfield, Hitchcock, Nirvana, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, February 15, 2015


Banai’s ambitious attempt to rethink the art history survey text; Crawford takes a unique look at attention; Hirshfield is not only a sensitive reader, but a pleasure to read; Frohman’s work is worthwhile for Nirvana enthusiasts.

Black Artists, Pope Francis, Favorite Heroines, David Lynch, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, February 1, 2015


The final volume in the monumental study of the image of and contributions of black people in the history of art; an author nostalgic for her favorite heroines, an important contribution to literary scholars, White’s passion for Dutch painting.

Hughes’s Letters, Poetry from Sleigh, Michelangelo, Contemporary Art, Film | Arts & Humanities Reviews, January 2015


Correspondence that shows Hughes’s kindness, generosity of spirit, and commitment to craft; driven, muscular poems that wrestle with violence, love, and the hybrid self; Unger’s Michelangelo captivates the reader from the first sentence.

Baraka’s Verse, Levy’s Take on Huck Finn, van Gogh’s Letters, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2014


Baraka’s work will attract those who prefer their verse weaponized; Levy offers an important new opinion of Huck Finn, Twain, and the topic of race; an affordable, well-presented, and scholarly publication of van Gogh’s missives.

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014


A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Experience Schubert’s Winter Journey, the History of the Book, Poet Muldoon, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews


British tenor Bostridge’s take on Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, a history of the book in 100 books, poems that inspire readers to think, a charming history on the color green, an extravagant compilation of fashion history

Writers’ Lives, Jack O’Brien, Pushcart Prize XXXIX, & Lots Lots More | Arts & Humanities Reviews


Interviews with authors, performers, and thinkers for the New York Times Book Review’s recurring By the Book feature, O’Brien’s exuberant, charming account of his career, a continuation of the series’ classic tradition.

Poet Boland Masters Language, A History of Western Music Notation, Interviews with Joni Mitchell, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews


A superb poetry collection not to be missed, full of exquisite language, music, knowledge and emotion; Kelly’s subject has bedeviled music students for generations; a valuable portrayal of an enduring artist.

Campbell on Neil Gaiman, Poetry from Hirsch, Byron Studies, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews


Gaiman fans will be hanging on every word and illustration for a deeper insight into his eccentric genius, Hirsch constructs a personal history of grief that admits the full range of parental experience, a dramatic literary history ideal for readers interested in Romantic-era writing