Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF JIHAD by Patrick Cockburn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: 'to forecast the worst possible outcome.'"
A veteran British war journalist offers a diary of events on the ground from the overthrow of the Taliban to the rise of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A nuanced, forthright, emotionally compelling take on a painful subject."
How family dynamics can reflect racial prejudices in society as a whole. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT CAN AND CANNOT BE SAID by Arundhati Roy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Offered as an antidote to the propaganda, this book will mainly preach to the choir."
If politics makes strange bedfellows, this season isn't likely to see a more unlikely collaboration of co-authors than the Indian novelist and the American actor. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A delightfully witty, enjoyable read."
A Brit living in the United States exposes the dark side of the happiness business in her adopted country. Read full book review >

YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Up-and-down humor that sometimes gets to the heart of the realities of being black in America."
A black female comedian lays it all out there. Read full book review >
THE JOINT VENTURED NATION by Edward Goldberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Goldberg's writing occasionally plods, and his lengthy quotations from other sources become tiresome, but he does offer some provocative ideas for policymakers."
A global economics consultant debuts with an analysis of the failure of American foreign policy to adapt to the new realities of an interconnected world. Read full book review >
THE HOSTAGE'S DAUGHTER by Sulome Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A middling book, much of it a footnote to an event that's already well-receded into history, even though it is part of a larger conflict still unfolding."
A firsthand view of conflict in the Middle East. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW WEED by Joe Dolce
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"While the book is best taken with a certain amount of skepticism, it offers an entertaining and informative overview of the latest changes in cannabis production and consumption."
A journey through the "brave new—and yet at the same time, ancient—world" of weed. Read full book review >
TO BE ISRAELI by Yair Lapid
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"By turns gloomy, patriotic, defensive, and gracious, Lapid's reflective tone will both resonate with and arouse the ire of many."
Short essays on a changing, vilified Israeli identity. Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA by Gary Younge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society."
The tragic stories of 10 kids killed by gunfire. Read full book review >
WAGING WAR by David J. Barron
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis."
A 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge chronicles the centurieslong push/pull between the executive and the legislative branches over the conduct of America's wars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >