Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Worth sampling if not ingesting in one sitting, the collection provides a comprehensive introduction to a provocative vision of the contemporary state of human connection to—and disconnection from—nature."
Selections from the 10 volumes published by the Dark Mountain Project give readers a taste of the organization's mission: "to play host to voices seeking honest engagement with questions that might be intractable." Read full book review >
CROSSINGS by Jon  Kerstetter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An inspiring memoir that will be highly useful to readers struggling with PTSD and other wartime injuries."
A soldier and physician writes of overcoming wounds visible and invisible upon returning from battle. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urban activists in other cities have much to learn from New York's experience, and González's book makes a good place to start."
A leading Latino journalist looks at the left-populist uprising that brought Bill de Blasio into the New York mayor's office and sharpened the nation's blue-red divide. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fervent manifesto for school diversity and autonomy."
An advocate for charter schools proposes bold changes in public education. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read for those running our prisons and for policymakers in a position to reform them."
A scathing report on the harsh culture of punishment in American prisons that finds expression most keenly in solitary confinement. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This is a vital, timely issue, and the author's research is impressively in-depth, but an overabundance of anecdotes and statistics offers little clarity on the issue."
An award-winning journalist reports from the front lines of the sexual assault controversy. Read full book review >
RANGER GAMES by Ben  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lighthearted romp à la Ocean's Eleven it's not, but Blum's well-wrought account suggests that any crime is possible so long as it's made out to be a game."
A vigorous, empathetic chronicle of a crime foretold—or at least engendered, possibly, on a boot camp drill field. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Though it lacks the stinging punch of Thompson, the book is a useful snapshot of a tumultuous presidential race."
The 2016 election finds the author on a search for the real America. Read full book review >
THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >
THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren  Markham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey (2006)."
Markham relies on her roles as a journalist and a worker in the realm of refugee resettlement and immigrant education to craft a powerful narrative about an experience that plays out every day in the United States. Read full book review >
ANOTHER FINE MESS by Helen Epstein
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sizzling indictment of Uganda's current strongman and of the American policy in Africa that supports his corrupt regime with generous foreign aid."
A valiant attempt to disentangle the many threads snarled in the continuing African tragedy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. 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 >