Current Affairs Book Reviews

A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM by Eunsun Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"An urgent cry for compassion for the author's fellow North Koreans, trapped and strangled of liberty and life."
A sobering account of survival of the fittest in North Korea by a young woman on the run for nearly a decade. Read full book review >
CIRCLING THE SQUARE by Wendell Steavenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 21, 2015

"An intensive firsthand exploration of modern Egyptian liberation and solidarity."
Impassioned coverage from the front lines of a historic Middle Eastern uprising. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"An urgent call for corporate compassion by a woman with a baby in peril."
A first-person account of a woman who became a cause célèbre following the grievous circumstances of her baby's birth. Read full book review >
ZEROZEROZERO by Roberto Saviano
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 14, 2015

"Saviano says he can no longer look at a beach or a map without seeing cocaine, and many will share that view after reading this dark, relentless, hyperreal report."
An inside account of the international cocaine trade. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 14, 2015

"A comprehensive, intelligent look at the evolving world of spies."
Investigative journalist Grey (Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program, 2006) has his finger on the pulse of all things espionage. While explaining the changes in the spying world since the end of the Cold War, he delves deeply into the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and discloses previously unknown events.Read full book review >

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015

"This moving, potent testament might have been titled 'Black Lives Matter.' Or: 'An American Tragedy.'"
The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future. Read full book review >
FORENSICS by Val McDermid
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 7, 2015

"A satisfying insider's excursion into the scientific realities behind CSI-style pop culture."
From a bestselling mystery author, a curiosity-fueled look at the realities behind crime science. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 7, 2015

"An eye-opening, maddening read that is not likely to make the Heritage Foundation's best-books list."
Of graft, fictional math, and the American way: an urgent look at the "political assault weapon" that is transforming the country—for the better if you're rich, for the worse if you're not. Read full book review >
BLOOD RANSOM by John Boyle
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 7, 2015

"An eye-opening look at what would seem a localized phenomenon but that has implications for developed-developing world encounters generally."
What movie is in heavy rotation on DVD players in Mogadishu? Why, Captain Phillips, of course. And perhaps Black Hawk Down, too. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH SEVEN NAMES by Hyeonseo Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"Remarkable bravery fluently recounted."
The ably reconstructed story of the author's convoluted escape from North Korea, detailing the hardships of life there and the serendipity of flight. Read full book review >
I, MIGRANT by Sami Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing."
A Pakistani-born comic's account of how he sought salvation in stand-up comedy and then found a new home in Australia. Read full book review >
Obama's Challenge to China by Chi Wang
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 2015

"An informative, persuasive look at the current state of Chinese-American relations."
Wang (The United States and China Since World War II, 2013, etc.) offers an analysis of Obama's China policy and the continuing points of contention in the Chinese-American relationship. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >