Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A sobering account of inequality and spatial conflict rising against a cultural backdrop of urban change."
A prominent urban theorist examines the hidden impacts of gentrification and innovation on (mostly) American cities. Read full book review >
A $500 HOUSE IN DETROIT by Drew Philp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A standout in the Detroit rehab genre."
A young man finds joy in a "place they said no one could love." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A scathing denouncement, stronger in portraying the system's problems than in offering pragmatic solutions."
A blast across the bow of the entire health care industry, which "attends more or less single-mindedly to its own profits." Read full book review >
THE HEALTH OF NATIONS by Karen Bartlett
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments."
Will the world ever be rid of infectious disease? Read full book review >
WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD by Sarah Williams Goldhagen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"An eye-opening look at the ways in which carefully planned and executed design and architecture can expand cognitive faculties and improve daily life."
A look at how new research in urban space, the built environment, and city planning stresses the importance of well-designed architecture for the betterment of society. Read full book review >

DOWN AND OUT IN THE NEW ECONOMY by Ilana Gershon
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2017

"An intermittently useful book that could have been a long-form magazine feature."
An anthropologist explores the hiring practices of employers in a digital era. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their stories after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
THE IDIOCY OF PERFECTION by Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2017

"A judicious, agile look at the limits of reason and modern liberalism."
A series of biographical vignettes captures a shared skepticism about the rewards of modernity. Read full book review >
THE NEW KOREANS by Michael Breen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A solid entry point into the lives of a people who have fully earned their place on the world stage."
An exploration of "the cultural emergence and…international awareness and acceptance of South Korean expression to a point of familiarity." Read full book review >
BEHAVING BADLY by Eden Collinsworth
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A wide-ranging, breezy journey through a series of ethical minefields."
A nonscholarly discourse on manners, morality, ethics, and civility in these times of social upheaval. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An important cautionary memoir about the dangers of everyday chemicals and environmental toxicity and its lethal consequences."
The story of a Florida attorney who nearly died from a mystery illness borne in a high-rise office building. Read full book review >
A FINE MESS by T.R. Reid
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Though Reid's topic may be anathema to many readers, he makes it relentlessly revelatory and simple to understand."
An exploration of the absurd complexity of the American tax system and an astute comparison to many examples of simpler, effective tax collection by other governments around the world. 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 >