Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: May 22, 2018

"A frustrating account of the current exasperating state of affairs. For a more penetrating portrait of similar issues, head back to Detroit."
A notorious journalist attempts to unpack the complex political, social, and cultural issues that have come to dominate the American discourse. Read full book review >
CHOSEN COUNTRY by James Pogue
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Courageous on-site reporting underlies all, outweighing some excess and irrelevance."
A contributing editor for Vice delivers on-the-scene, first-person accounts of the Western standoffs involving the Bundy family and their followers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Excellent drawing accompanies a remarkable story of persistence—and yet the artist still has trouble making a living in his native Cambodia, while human trafficking on land and sea continues to flourish."
A harrowing graphic memoir by a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Sometimes rueful, sometimes defiant, always affecting. Even McCain's political opponents should admire the fiery grace with which he's exiting the world."
A valediction by the noted senator and presidential candidate. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Released: May 21, 2018

"Already slated for feature film treatment, Carreyrou's exposé is a vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption."
A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Read full book review >

SEX MONEY MURDER by Jonathan Green
Released: May 15, 2018

"A disturbing yet necessary, significant book by a journalist willing to place himself in danger."
The bloody history of a violent Bronx-based gang in the middle of the crack epidemic. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A powerful and necessarily uncomfortable text lacking suggestions for a path forward."
The impassioned story of one woman's journey into activism. Read full book review >
BROTHERS OF THE GUN by Marwan Hisham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A sharp, searing view of war from the front lines and an important contribution to understanding how a nation can disintegrate before one's eyes."
A richly detailed, sometimes horrifying account of the Syrian civil war. Read full book review >
STANDOFF by Bill Schneider
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for political junkies."
Former CNN senior political analyst Schneider (Government/George Mason Univ.) offers a thoughtful account of how American politics have changed from the 1960s to the age of Trump. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO MY PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOR by Yossi Klein Halevi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for any reader with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs, though perhaps unlikely to sway those whose minds are made up."
A plea for "radical goodwill" in the face of the seemingly intractable bad blood between Israelis and Palestinians. Read full book review >
THE FEARS OF THE RICH, THE NEEDS OF THE POOR by William H. Foege
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2018

"A straightforward, informative chronicle of the CDC and one of its most dedicated, prominent officials."
Wisdom gleaned throughout the career of the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read full book review >
A THIRSTY LAND by Seamus McGraw
Released: May 9, 2018

"Observers of Western water ways will want to have this on their shelves alongside the likes of Marc Reisner and Charles Bowden."
A hard look at a hard problem: finding sufficient water to live in a place without much of it. 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 >