Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vital contribution to a discussion that should be at the top of world leaders' agendas."
A clear argument that the world needs a new approach to refugee policy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A thoughtful progressive feint against the vulgar fearmongering of the moment."
A provocative look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics. Read full book review >

A DISAPPEARANCE IN DAMASCUS by Deborah Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"In the stormwater's swirl, Campbell has found a bright and tender leaf to follow, and the effect on readers will be transformative."
A Canadian journalist covering the plight of Iraqis who fled to Syria a decade ago enlists the help of an Iraqi woman in Damascus—friendship and disaster ensue. Read full book review >
CUZ by Danielle Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing memoir and sharp social critique marred only slightly by the author's excessive self-flagellation."
A professor turns to her family to offer a powerful memoir revolving around her younger cousin, who was murdered at the age of 29. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning."
An argument for why higher education requires radical change to prepare students for an unpredictable future. Read full book review >

TALES OF TWO AMERICAS by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
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A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read for those running our prisons and for policymakers in a position to reform them."
A scathing report on the harsh culture of punishment in American prisons that finds expression most keenly in solitary confinement. Read full book review >
RANGER GAMES by Ben  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lighthearted romp à la Ocean's Eleven it's not, but Blum's well-wrought account suggests that any crime is possible so long as it's made out to be a game."
A vigorous, empathetic chronicle of a crime foretold—or at least engendered, possibly, on a boot camp drill field. Read full book review >
THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren  Markham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey (2006)."
Markham relies on her roles as a journalist and a worker in the realm of refugee resettlement and immigrant education to craft a powerful narrative about an experience that plays out every day in the United States. Read full book review >
ANOTHER FINE MESS by Helen Epstein
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sizzling indictment of Uganda's current strongman and of the American policy in Africa that supports his corrupt regime with generous foreign aid."
A valiant attempt to disentangle the many threads snarled in the continuing African tragedy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Lively and well-grounded, offering good measures by which to judge our best and worst presidents and their methods of governing."
"Few leaders are impeached or assassinated; most die from a thousand cuts": an illuminating look at the highest office in the land and its occupants. 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 >