Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A cleareyed, accessible, and informative primer: vital reading for all Americans."
A legal scholar advises presidents to read the Constitution with great care. Read full book review >
THE JUNGLE GROWS BACK by Robert Kagan
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A provocative argument that runs counter to popular sentiment and conventional wisdom."
Why a strong, interventionist America remains the world's best hope against the return of international chaos. Read full book review >

AMERICAN PRISON by Shane Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A potent, necessary broadside against incarceration in the U.S., which 'imprisons a higher portion of its population than any country in the world.'"
A penetrating exposé on the cruelty and mind-bending corruption of privately run prisons across the United States, with a focus on the Winn facility in Louisiana. Read full book review >
HEARTLAND by Sarah Smarsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A potent social and economic message embedded within an affecting memoir."
Journalist Smarsh explores socio-economic class and poverty through an account of her low-income, rural Kansas-based extended family. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A deft, angry analysis for angry times."
A scholar navigates between the academic and the vernacular in delivering some hard lessons on racism and white supremacy. Read full book review >

CATCH-67 by Micah Goodman
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An eloquent expression of the distant hope that deeply committed human beings can stop, inhale deeply, listen, change, and compromise."
An Israeli scholar assesses the consequences of the Six-Day War and the chasm that divides political opponents in Israel, offering some ideas for solutions. Read full book review >
DEAR AMERICA by Jose Antonio Vargas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An unusual firsthand report from the immigration wars."
As if to dare the attorney general to come find him, Philippines-born immigrant journalist Vargas, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, owns up to being "illegal"—but not criminal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"This generally thoughtful analysis is especially good on Trump's 'coarsening influence on political dialogue.'"
A veteran Washington, D.C., reporter assesses Donald Trump's first year as president. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An indispensable work of popular psychology and sociology."
A simultaneously frothy and substantive tour of female sexual desire. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A revealing examination of the successes and perils of popular participation in government."
The meaning of democracy has changed dramatically throughout history. Read full book review >
OUR AMERICAN ISRAEL by Amy Kaplan
Released: Sept. 17, 2018

"A useful reading of history and politics in the light of mythmaking and media."
From Genesis to Revelation: a well-argued study of the place of Israel in American culture. Read full book review >
MACHETE SQUAD by Brent Dulak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Readers will have a visceral response to the experiences shared by this searing memoir."
A U.S. Army medic cuts to the bone in a graphic memoir that takes full advantage of the form. 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 >