Current Affairs Book Reviews

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An urgent, balanced, eye-opening plea for mental health care reform."
An alarming report on the dire state of our nation's mental health care industry. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Illuminating and entertaining—heady science written for a lay readership, bringing scaling theory and kindred ideas to a large audience."
From a dean of complexity theory comes a sharp consideration of the pace and pattern of life in a universe of "complex adaptive systems." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A dramatic, honest, moving narrative of how hard life can get and how one can still overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity to do good in the world."
How one woman finally broke away from a cycle of imprisonment and went on to help hundreds of other women re-enter normal life. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by Condoleezza Rice
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Some readers may not be convinced, but this book deserves a broad audience, especially in our current political climate."
George W. Bush's secretary of state returns to her academic roots with this accessibly written study of that imperfect but ideal form of government. Read full book review >
THE H-SPOT by Jill Filipovic
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely, enlightening exploration of what American women truly want and need to live purposeful, fulfilling, happy lives."
A sound analysis of what really makes women happy. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"In a dizzying scenario of violence, Soufan provides clarity and balance."
Tracing the hydra-headed reach of al-Qaida and how its leadership morphed into the Islamic Caliphate of Iraq and elsewhere. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Fans of Kiefer Sutherland, to say nothing of the X-Files and Terry Southern, will already know some of what Graff reveals here. For the rest, it's a frightening eye-opener."
When the missiles start raining down, don't look for your senator. As this spry but sobering book reveals, government officials will already be tucked away underground, ready to legislate in the ashes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thoughtful reading for anyone interested in human and machine cognition and a must for chess fans."
Former world chess champion and human rights activist Kasparov (Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, 2015, etc.) offers an optimistic view of humankind's relationship with machines. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Nathaniel Frank
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2017

"Frank's strikingly detailed, essential reportage reminds readers of the gay community's enduring fight for equality."
A diligent archive of gay marriage equality from its roots as a hopeful pipe dream to its realization as a civil right. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. Read full book review >
DRAWDOWN by Paul Hawken
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"An optimistic program for getting out of our current mess, well deserving of the broadest possible readership."
Be kindly unto the scientists, for they may just save our skin—and make us happier and wealthier in the bargain. Read full book review >
JANESVILLE by Amy  Goldstein
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"A simultaneously enlightening and disturbing look at working-class lives in America's heartland."
A Midwestern town struggles to survive in the aftermath of an economic disaster. 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 >