Current Affairs Book Reviews

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: July 11, 2017

"As this fine book shows, when it comes to Western interactions with Africa, meaning well is a necessary but far from sufficient condition."
In her sure-to-be-controversial first book, Christian Science Monitor correspondent Hanes investigates why so many Western-led conservation efforts in Africa go so wrong so often. Read full book review >

VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. Read full book review >
LOSING AN ENEMY by Trita  Parsi
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An astute and generous portrayal of both sides of the negotiating table."
The president of the National Iranian American Council probes the reasons behind the diplomatic success of the recent nuclear deal with Iran and the lifting of sanctions. Read full book review >
NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation."
Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008. Read full book review >
READING WITH PATRICK by Michelle  Kuo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Thoughtfully provocative reading."
The story of a mutually transformative friendship between the author and a black student she met as a Teach for America volunteer in Arkansas. Read full book review >
Released: March 30, 2017

"A wide-ranging, insightful, and convincing analysis of Mexican-American issues."
A book takes a cultural studies approach to the question of Mexican-American identity. Read full book review >
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT by Elizabeth Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Inspiring words to empower Warren's marching army."
Girded for battle, the senior senator from Massachusetts forcefully lays out the bleak picture of an American government increasingly controlled by corporate greed and special interests. Read full book review >
WHAT MADE MADDY RUN by Kate  Fagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A compassionate and frank look at depression and the social pressure faced by many college students as seen through the eyes of one young woman."
What led to one teen athlete's suicide. 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 >
THE FORGOTTEN FLIGHT by Stuart H. Newberger
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A capably sorted delineation of a complex, important court case against Libyan terrorism that required years to extract accountability and compensation for the victims."
The story of a 1989 plane crash that killed 170 people and eventually became "the greatest murder case in French history." 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 >