Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

SUPERSTORM by Kathryn Miles
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness."
The strange and devastating life of Hurricane Sandy receives a fine, grim telling from Miles (English/Chatham Univ.; All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >

WITHOUT YOU, THERE IS NO US by Suki Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Directs the lights of emotion and intelligence on a country where ignorance is far from bliss."
A novelist and freelance journalist relates her experiences, both grim and gratifying, as an English teacher in a small North Korean university. Read full book review >
THE CHAIN by Ted Genoways
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The author tells a sad, horrifying story, a severe indictment of both corporate greed and consumer complacency."
A scathing report on the consequences of factory farming. Read full book review >
PRO by Katha Pollitt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Pollitt's cogent opinion presents potent testimony on a woman's right to choose."
A pro-choice proponent delivers a dramatic, persuasive argument for abortion. Read full book review >

SYRIA SPEAKS by Malu Halasa
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An English Pen Award winner, this anthology forms a rich, creatively diverse motif sublimely representative of a country and its people awash in strife and insurgency."
An emancipating exhibition from uprising artisans of Syria. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A provocative and highly readable analysis."
The vice president for new initiatives of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars examines Americans' obsessive hope for the next great president. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >
PUTIN'S KLEPTOCRACY by Karen Dawisha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The light of Dawisha's research penetrates a deep moral darkness, revealing something ugly—and dangerous."
A damning account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power and of the vast dimensions of the corruption—political and economic—that both reigns and rots in Russia. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Imagine a true-life, courtroom version of Heart of Darkness."
Here's a twist: the almost unbelievable tale of a human rights attorney every bit as conscienceless as the multinational he was suing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets."
Ambitious, moving tale of an inner-city Newark kid who made it to Yale yet succumbed to old demons and economic realities. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Comprehensive research underlies this compelling, highly emotional and profoundly important story."
A novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter explores with nearly Javert-ian persistence one of the early cases of traffic fatalities caused by texting while driving.
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Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >