Current Affairs Book Reviews

HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. Read full book review >
TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT by Sarah McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Reading McBride's inspiring story will make it harder to ostracize or demonize others with similar stories to share."
A brave transgender woman experiences both triumph and tragedy in this memoir of transitioning and so much more. Read full book review >

GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPER by Dunya Mikhail
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"All but true believers suffer under Daesh, Mikhail makes abundantly clear—but especially women. A powerful study."
An Iraqi journalist and poet long resident in New York returns to her native country to chronicle the misfortunes of Yazidi women under the rule of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
THE LEFT BEHIND by Robert Wuthnow
Released: March 1, 2018

"A superb, authoritative sociology book."
A leading sociologist examines the "moral outrage" of rural America. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lapsed Trump supporters might well open their minds to this attorney's scholarly, entirely convincing proof of the damage done."
The former special counsel to former President Bill Clinton takes on the 2016 election and James Comey's effect on the outcome. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2018

"Replete with charts and lengthy appendices, this academic study is often dry, but it is also a remarkably important trove of new information for specialists and anyone else interested in the forces at work in modern politics."
How American corporations are recruiting employees into politics. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which 'finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.'"
Another entry in the rapidly growing literature about how big data will soon transform capitalism as we know it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"For those inclined to believe that the end is not nigh and who would like to keep up with recent science, this book is a…well, not a godsend, but a gift all the same."
The bomb? The plague? Trump? Not to worry; things are getting better. So writes eternal optimist Pinker (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, 2011, etc.). 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 >