Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 30, 2017

"Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict."
On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine, top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. Read full book review >
THE END OF LOYALTY by Rick Wartzman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A lively history with relevance to every worker."
A sharp-edged examination of why large American employers shifted from loyalty to their workers to loyalty focused primarily on stockholders. Read full book review >

AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"Here's how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken's case, made with a smile."
The nation's funniest senator speaks of the strange ways of government by "old white men." Read full book review >
GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A well-organized if sometimes-superficial survey of the successes and occasional failures of women working in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field."
Concentrating on the years 2014 through 2016, journalists Cabot and Walravens (editor: Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 2011) tell the stories of dozens of women who are working in or leading tech companies. Read full book review >
FASTER, HIGHER, FARTHER by Jack  Ewing
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A shocking, sobering story—and, given the current anti-regulatory mood, one likely to be repeated."
An exposé of the scandal that threatened to bring one of the world's greatest automobile manufacturers to ruin. Read full book review >

WILD RIDE by Adam Lashinsky
Released: May 23, 2017

"A straightforward journalistic examination of a fast-tracked, controversial company and its headstrong leader."
The rise and plateau of the global ride-sharing industry's biggest player. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2017

"A provocative book with many points to ponder the next time you're caught in traffic or on hold with the insurance claims department."
The modern world is dysfunctional because, in part, it is scaled for the convenience of machines and despots and not us. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An urgent, balanced, eye-opening plea for mental health care reform."
An alarming report on the dire state of our nation's mental health care industry. Read full book review >
THE CEO PAY MACHINE by Steven Clifford
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A well-thought-out, clearly written exposé marred only by some repetition of the main points."
A former CEO of two corporations shatters the myths and explains the stupidity regarding astronomical salaries at the top of the business world. Read full book review >
CITY ON THE VERGE by Mark Pendergrast
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A welcome look at a city—a mass of cities—not often heard from in the urban-studies literature and of wide interest well beyond the I-95 corridor."
Given enough political will and enough choice, we can save the world. Or, as this case study shows, we can let things continue to go to hell in a handbasket lined with peach blossoms. Read full book review >
EXONERATED by Robert J.  Norris
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A useful contribution to an important national conversation about crime and punishment."
How efforts to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners have grown into an energized international movement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A troubling and truculent history of the still-stalemated search for peace in the Middle East."
An assiduous assault on the management of the apparently defunct peace process that has eluded Israel and Palestine. 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 >