Current Affairs Book Reviews

BORN TRUMP by Emily Jane Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"High-level gossip of a kind, but a well-sourced, train wreck-fascinating look at the makings of Clan Trump, 'so uniquely suited for the second decade of the twenty-first century and its fame-obsessed, money-hungry, voracious twenty-four-hour cycle of a culture.'"
"Don't. Trust. Anyone. Ever."—X-ray meets psychoanalysis and balance sheet in this sharp-edged look at the workings of America's most dysfunctional gang. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE NOT WHITE by Sharmila Sen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Insightful, relevant reading for these times."
A former Harvard professor ruminates on race in America from her perspective as a Southeast Asian woman. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A complex and nuanced academic book."
A sociologist examines how affluent white children think about race. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"An alarming, important, perhaps even essential book."
A noted authority on the history of American voting returns with a disturbing account of American political leaders who have, since the beginning of the republic, worked to limit the franchise. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An important examination of dismaying social and cultural trends."
Overprotecting children hinders them from confronting physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges. Read full book review >

HEAVY by Kiese Laymon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A dynamic memoir that is unsettling in all the best ways."
A challenging memoir about black-white relations, income inequality, mother-son dynamics, Mississippi byways, lack of personal self-control, education from kindergarten through graduate school, and so much more. Read full book review >
MACHETE SQUAD by Brent Dulak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Readers will have a visceral response to the experiences shared by this searing memoir."
A U.S. Army medic cuts to the bone in a graphic memoir that takes full advantage of the form. Read full book review >
BLOOD PAPA by Jean Hatzfeld
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Hatzfeld's work is of great importance to understanding the Rwandan tragedy—and to the study of genocide generally."
Nearly a quarter-century after the fact, a searching look at the children of genocide in Rwanda. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A revealing examination of the successes and perils of popular participation in government."
The meaning of democracy has changed dramatically throughout history. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A cleareyed, accessible, and informative primer: vital reading for all Americans."
A legal scholar advises presidents to read the Constitution with great care. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A valuable portrait of a society moving toward fulfilling 'the promises of freedom and democracy' of the Arab Spring—but with a way to go still."
Former New York Times Cairo bureau chief Kirkpatrick delivers a sharply detailed firsthand look at Tahrir Square and its aftershocks. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PRISON by Shane Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A potent, necessary broadside against incarceration in the U.S., which 'imprisons a higher portion of its population than any country in the world.'"
A penetrating exposé on the cruelty and mind-bending corruption of privately run prisons across the United States, with a focus on the Winn facility in Louisiana. 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 >