Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
CUZ by Danielle Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing memoir and sharp social critique marred only slightly by the author's excessive self-flagellation."
A professor turns to her family to offer a powerful memoir revolving around her younger cousin, who was murdered at the age of 29. 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 >
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 >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This welcome and insightful book joins a small shelf of essential titles—Arlie Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land is another—that help explain why and how the Trump presidency happened."
"Trump isn't crazy, but our society is." Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vital contribution to a discussion that should be at the top of world leaders' agendas."
A clear argument that the world needs a new approach to refugee policy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The author's argument would benefit from more specific policy recommendations, but it still offers much for urban activists and disaffected Gothamites to chew on."
A searching look at how New York changed from a place of affordable (if tiny) walk-ups to a playground for the ultrawealthy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A brief collection of fair-minded observations about 'individuals that to varying degrees are shaped by, among other things, being Muslim.'"
A concise snapshot of the prevailing military culture regarding Muslims. Read full book review >
DIASPORA BOY by Eli Valley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"For those as interested as the artist in the limits of satire, this audacious, potent collection pushes past them."
A cartoonist's collection of graphic provocations on Zionism, the Diaspora, and Jewish stereotypes. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A perceptive but discouraging analysis of the current state of government electronic surveillance."
A former civil rights lawyer considers changing attitudes regarding personal privacy within the National Security Agency following the disclosures by Edward Snowden. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A hortatory call to arms for young people and a harsh critique of their ruling elders."
A young Canadian journalist argues that a unique generational values shift is occurring that may upend just about everything to save the planet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A courageous breaking of the code of silence to seek mental health for veterans and the war-scarred."
The story of the friendship between an embedded photographer in Afghanistan and a Marine who was wounded in an ambush explosion in 2010. 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 >