A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell

Author: Mark Twain Editor: Frederick Anderson Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest Published: 1870-1907 (original essays); 1979 (this collection) I read it: December 2016 In the Introduction, editor Frederick Anderson offers nuggets of Twain outtakes that set the tone for the book. And even in these earliest…

Headstrong

Author: Rachel Swaby Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World Published: 2015 I read it: December 2016 Rachel Swaby opens her book by telling about her inspiration for it—the obituary of Yvonne Brill. Published in 2013, the article started off listing Brill’s success as a mother and wife, as…

The Good Men Project

Editors: James Houghton, Larry Bean, and Tom Matlack Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood Published: 2009 I read it: December 2015 I knew this book was a right place, right time scenario for me when the opening story was set in the city…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004

Author: Dave Eggers (editor), Viggo Mortensen (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics Published: 2004 I read it: November 2015 Though this is not one of my favorite BANR collections it does have one of my favorite intros, by Viggo Mortensen. Those DVD extras of The Lord of the Rings made him seem like…

Congratulations, by the way

Author: George Saunders Type: Non-fiction, essay Full title: Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts On Kindness Published: 2014 I read it: September 2015 This entry is really pushing (or shrinking) the limits of what you could call a “book,” but it deserves a proper review because someone actually did take the time to bind Saunders’…