Current Affairs Book Reviews

DEAR ZEALOTS by Amos Oz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Slender but forceful."
Three passionate lectures about the state of politics in Israel. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A well-informed and only occasionally overreaching consideration of a broad, complicated topic; a worthwhile read for anyone with anxieties about food."
An exploration of eating issues in relation to our body image-obsessed culture. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"An invigorating bit of future-trend prognosticating, generally positive, if warning direly of global gridlock if trends continue. Urban planners, architects, and transportation activists will definitely want to take note."
"In just a few years, all cars will be partially or fully autonomous." Are we hapless drivers ready? Read full book review >
KICKBACK by David Montero
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A startling window into the bribery that shapes the world in which we live, including the major corporate players and government parties involved in the corruption."
Following the money to discover how corporate payoffs and billions of dollars in bribes have shaped current events. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Discouraging but insightful."
Books on the increasingly pugnacious Vladimir Putin, seemingly Russia's president for as long as he wants, are not in short supply, but this short, shrewd analysis stands out. Read full book review >

THE CURSE OF BIGNESS by Tim Wu
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A valuable briefing on an underappreciated business problem, but it could use a bit of Roosevelt's hard-nosed attitude."
Should Amazon and Google be broken up like Standard Oil? Yes, argues legal scholar Wu (Columbia Law School; The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, 2016, etc.), but breaking up is hard to do. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Bouncing between personal narrative and critical analysis, the author weaves an entertaining and richly informative instruction manual for both seasoned and budding allies."
As the dialogue about racial relations in the United States escalates, there still remains much, if not more, uncertainty about the roles of whites wishing to help advance social equality and justice for blacks and other minorities. This book should help. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A book that grabs us by the shoulders, turns us toward an important issue, and grips us until we truly see and understand."
A veteran advocate for mixing rather than segregating the generations returns with a volume whose title is hyperbolic but whose subtitle tells the story. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"While the title is the literary version of click-bait, the book is chock-full of hard-hitting real talk."
From paid maternity leave to employment assurances, an argument for the benefits of socialism for women. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A mostly dispassionate discussion of an issue that must be addressed."
A timely anecdotal narrative about how every incumbent U.S. president has left office, focusing on departures or near departures under duress. Read full book review >
DIRTY JOHN AND OTHER TRUE STORIES OF OUTLAWS AND OUTSIDERS by Christopher Goffard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Although Goffard's style remains virtually the same in all of his stories, his characters and their often bizarre lives and predicaments accelerate the heart and animate a variety of emotions."
A staff writer for the Los Angeles Times presents a collection of swift-flowing pieces about outliers, liars, victims, and victimizers. Read full book review >
ONE BY ONE by Nicholas Bush
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Bush means to make a statement about addiction and the desolation that provokes it, but in the end, he can't quite make the necessary case."
A personal account of America's opioid epidemic through the lens of a single family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >