Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A fresh, lightly written look at issues noteworthy for their complexity; just the book for the budding economist in the house."
Of economic growth and its discontents—and of new ways to gauge all of them. Read full book review >
WOMEN AND POWER by Mary Beard
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An urgent feminist cri de coeur, spot-on in its utterly reasonable plea that a woman 'who dares to open her mouth in public' actually be given a hearing."
Noted classicist and essayist Beard (S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome, 2015, etc.) looks deep into the past and hard at the present to examine the power of women—and more often, their powerlessness—in a world of impatient men. Read full book review >

TRUMPOCRACY by David Frum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House."
The conservative stalwart takes measure of the current administration and finds it sadly wanting—and dangerous, and immoral, and…. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A horrifying exposé of how a few individuals can infect an entire state's criminal justice system."
A journalist and criminal defense lawyer combine their knowledge about wrongful convictions in Mississippi to expose a corrupt system, with a keen focus on a lying medical examiner and a dentist who concocted phony evidence based on bite marks on the bodies of crime victims. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM DARKNESS by Andrea C. Hoffmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Ibrahim's bold firsthand account is powerful testimony to resilience and survival in the face of a kind of warfare that is becoming ever more common, its terror visited mostly on women."
A memoir of abduction and sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamist Boko Haram militant group. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Mossfon remains a maze worthy of a Cretan palace, but Bernstein does first-rate work in providing a map to a scandal that has yet to unfold completely."
A searching look at the tangled, deeply buried financial network exposed by the publication of the so-called Panama Papers. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A moving, well-documented testimony to lawyers' tireless battles against a nation's inhumanity."
A Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer forcefully argues that Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is equivalent to apartheid. Read full book review >
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy."
A Mexican-American student of international relations becomes a United States Border Patrol agent to learn what he can't in the classroom. Read full book review >
THE LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Tom Sleigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist."
A distinguished poet details his experiences reporting from war zones and refugee camps and grappling with the limits of language. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"The crystal-clear message of this thoroughly researched and impressively documented book is that white supremacy remains a powerful force in the United States."
A fresh look at "the story of grassroots resistance to racial equality undertaken by white women" who "took central roles in disciplining their communities according to Jim Crow's rules." Read full book review >
THE LONG HANGOVER by Shaun  Walker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Essential reading for Russia watchers."
A British journalist offers a searching account of contemporary Russia, a nation bent on recapturing a more glorious past. 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 >