Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A quietly hopeful spin on an economic process that has proved tremendously dislocating for a generation and more of workers."
A revealing study of the "gig economy," which, though it seems new, has long antecedents. Read full book review >
SMALL ANIMALS by Kim Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"An engaging, enlightening story that reveals the potential harm parents and society can do to children when they don't allow them any freedoms at all."
An incisive investigation of the many complex "points of intersection" between "parenthood and fear." Read full book review >

AMERICA by Chris Hedges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"While often an exercise in preaching to the choir, the book is also a fiery sermon that weighs the nation and finds it wanting."
With a trademark blend of heavy-handed polemic and sharply observed detail, Hedges (Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, 2015, etc.) writes a requiem for the American dream. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A revealing look at the numbers, how they're derived and interpreted, and how they sometimes fail us. Timely reading for the coming midterm elections."
The inside dope on how polls work—and don't work—from CBS's News Director of Elections and Surveys. Read full book review >
BLOOD PAPA by Jean Hatzfeld
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Hatzfeld's work is of great importance to understanding the Rwandan tragedy—and to the study of genocide generally."
Nearly a quarter-century after the fact, a searching look at the children of genocide in Rwanda. Read full book review >

A NEW HOPE FOR MEXICO by Andrés Manuel López Obrador
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A book of promises and projections that, now that López Obrador has proved victorious, becomes a checklist for action."
"Confronted with Trump's orders to persecute migrants, we must join together to denounce his human rights violations": Mexico's president-elect delivers a few choice words for his counterpart north of the border. Read full book review >
THE BOY ON THE BEACH by Tima Kurdi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"An honest, passionate account of a refugee family's terrible losses that should inspire, as the author hopes, others to speak 'for all the people who have no voice.'"
A Syrian refugee family's attempt to cross the sea results in tragedy. Read full book review >
VIOLENCE by Brad Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A provocative volume that challenges humanity to correct its runaway course toward an increasingly violent future by learning from its violent past."
Notable contemporary thinkers and creators give their individual perspectives in this compelling look at violence. Read full book review >
THE FIGHTERS by C.J. Chivers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Given his background, Chivers certainly did not set out to write a book emphasizing the foolishness of American actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that is the story that emerged from his painstaking, courageous reporting, and readers will be thankful for his work."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and former Marine Corps infantry officer Chivers (The Gun, 2010, etc.) offers a chilling account of failed American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq through the searing experiences of six fighters. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FRANÇAISE by Sophie Pedder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An authoritative analysis of power and politics in contemporary France."
An optimistic view of France's future under Emmanuel Macron. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.
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Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HATE by Arjun Singh Sethi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A useful book for those aiming to combat latter-day bigotry, with its many targets and manifestations."
Firsthand reports on hate crime and its victims in the age of Trump. 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 >