Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

WE MATTER by Etan Thomas
Released: March 6, 2018

"Voices of pain, anger, and hope resound through these pages—and through the reader's heart."
A former NBA player and current activist and MSNBC commentator returns with a collection of dozens of interviews on the subject of race in America—all supporting the efforts of athletes to speak out and up. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"In a book whose conclusions will be debated, Kennedy rightly suggests that quality journalism is not only salvageable, but necessary."
A veteran media critic finds signs of hope as civic-minded billionaires do their best to revive newspapers. Read full book review >

Released: March 6, 2018

"Useful fodder for the factually inclined and politically disgusted."
A British news anchor and economist turns a gimlet eye on the "post-truth era." Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An intensive, timely spotlight on the gender disparities within the modern health care system that falls short on solutions."
A sturdy account of how sexism in medicine is hobbling women's health care. Read full book review >
STRANGER by Jorge Ramos
Released: March 6, 2018

"Repetitive in places but not fatally so—a forceful, readable manifesto."
The celebrated Mexican-American journalist takes on the anti-immigration tenor of the Trump era. Read full book review >

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 >
START HERE by Greg Berman
Released: March 6, 2018

"A brisk, thoughtful guide to mass incarceration alternatives, of interest to activists, lawyers, and forward-thinking law enforcement professionals."
A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Disturbing but important reading."
A science writer's account of her frustrating experiences with the medical establishment as she tried to understand an illness that defied easy explanation and diagnosis. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2018

"Provocative reading: ammunition for pundits and food for thought for anyone with an interest in political trends."
The populists are on a rampage, and democratic institutions are in the way. Who will prevail? 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 >
NECESSARY EVIL by David Kinley
Released: March 1, 2018

"Aligning economic and human rights goals might be a pipe dream, but 'helping others as well as yourself' ought to be a no-brainer. Thoughtful reading for the humanitarian audience."
Can banks become a force for public good? They can, according to this provocatively argued book, if made to do so. 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 >
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 >