Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

HOW TO BE A MUSLIM by Haroon Moghul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Studded with some useful observation but fails to properly address the title."
The troubled tale of one man's search for faith and happiness. Read full book review >
MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY by Brandon  Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A thought-provoking examination of the millennial black experience in the first decade of the 21st century."
Race and identity loom large in Harris' highly personal and equally cerebral retrospective of his early days treading the streets of Brooklyn. Read full book review >

WATCHING PORN by Lynsey  G.
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An intelligent, provocative, and indulgent insider's view of the contemporary porn industry."
An accidental porn journalist reflects on her role mining the sex and politics of the adult film industry. Read full book review >
WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED by Wendy  Pearlman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A poignant and humane collection."
Testimonials from Syrians about life before, during, and after the 2011 rebellion. Read full book review >
THE LEAST AMONG US by Rosa L.  DeLauro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An impassioned, urgent defense of democratic values and the role of government to serve and benefit all citizens."
What is the purpose of government? As longtime Connecticut congresswoman DeLauro answers quite simply, the purpose is to use legislative power to protect, aid, and fight for the country's most vulnerable and at-risk citizens. Read full book review >

LOVING by Sheryll Cashin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A concise, powerful reflection on the 50th anniversary of the landmark case."
A sobering look at the centrality of whiteness to the nation's founding and growth, both before and after Loving v. Virginia, the significant 1967 Supreme Court case. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An instructive tale of one man's 'burning mission to bring back manufacturing and innovation to America.'"
An award-winning science journalist charges that the United States is ceding first place to the Chinese in the development of technologies invented by American scientists. Read full book review >
AN UNLIKELY AUDIENCE by William Lafi Youmans
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2017

"An interesting but very academic history of a polarizing media presence."
The rise and fall and plateau of a controversial media outlet's attempt to penetrate the American market. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ by Thomas M. Renahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An overlong but noncynical, eye-opening book that amply shows how America's civilian work aiding democratic reconstruction in Iraq is unfinished."
A dense, informed chronicle of a U.S. Agency for International Development civilian officer's three deployments to Iraq. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE RIVER KABUL by Kevin  McLean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Details of Afghan tribal life and family well-delineated."
A Western writer affectingly takes up the voice of a beleaguered Afghan man and his harrowing flight out of his war-torn country. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2017

"Academic history light on bombast, with clear relevance to our current unsettled moment."
Evenhanded account of society's persistent embrace of surveillance for security and control. Read full book review >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." 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 >