Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"The author's easy-reading but hard-hitting exposé of a dysfunctional biomedical research system will inform and alarm general readers, and it is sure to stir controversy and arouse ire among those who feel their ox is being gored."
An award-winning science journalist reports that research in the biomedical sciences is too often guilty of wasting time and money and, worse than that, actually slowing scientific progress and misinforming the public. Read full book review >
THE SEX EFFECT by Ross Benes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion."
A witty discussion of the indirect role sex plays across political, economic, religious, and cultural landscapes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Solid advice for an anxious and angry polity on how to talk about a growing cultural challenge."
An immigration activist confronts the nativist opposition to the nation's changing demography and suggests another way to bridge the yawning cultural divide. Read full book review >
LIFE'S WORK by Willie Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Valuable as both moral testimonial and as a medical memoir and sure to inspire heat as well as light."
"I believe that as an abortion provider I am doing God's work"—a small but insistent red flag waved in the face of an angry political opposition. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A sage, forward-seeing study to be heeded."
A focused delineation of the shifting center of gravity toward Asia and the need for a strenuous Western response without losing global primacy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"An honest, revealing glimpse of the dangers inherent in acting on good intentions based on ignorance."
A U.S. Marine recounts his experiences in combat leading the first Iraqi Army battalion trained by the American military. 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 >