Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A brief but sensible entry in the abortion wars."
A law professor brings her learned perspective and anecdotal evidence to one of the world's most controversial topics. Read full book review >
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Not without flaws but an important account of coming of age (and rage) within today's explosive racial dynamic."
A founder of Black Lives Matter chronicles growing up sensitive and black in a country militarized against her community. Read full book review >

HOW DEMOCRACIES DIE by Steven Levitsky
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The value of this book is the context it provides, in a style aimed at a concerned citizenry rather than fellow academics, rather than in the consensus it is not likely to build."
A provocative analysis of the parallels between Donald Trump's ascent and the fall of other democracies. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Solid reportage and inspirational reading for those who imagine they can do it—whatever 'it' is—better."
Profiles in courage—at least the courage to challenge conventional wisdom and innovate successfully in a world of business and institutions that don't necessarily welcome change. Read full book review >
TRUMPOCRACY by David Frum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House."
The conservative stalwart takes measure of the current administration and finds it sadly wanting—and dangerous, and immoral, and…. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A valuable compendium of responses to the shallow, classist hostility to public education."
A methodical dismantling of the coordinated tenets of the free market assault on public education. Read full book review >
TEARS OF SALT by Pietro Bartolo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Though the chronological hopscotch makes it more like a scrapbook collection of memories than a cohesive narrative, there is great hope and poignancy here."
On a remote island between Italy and Africa, a doctor does everything he can to deal with the health crises of refugees. Read full book review >
IN DAYS TO COME by Avraham Burg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A heartfelt synthesis of a coming-of-age story, a political jeremiad, a memoir, and a manifesto."
A leftist Israeli activist delivers a singular sermon explaining what needs urgent repair in the Jewish democracy. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A welcome operator's manual for parents of school-age children, inside or outside the K-12 paradigm."
A manifesto with a lesson plan: home-schooling champion Bauer (The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, 2015, etc.) continues her case for educating outside the system. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Of great interest to urban activists and workers at the interface of the public and private sectors, with much food for thought for investors as well."
An argument for decentralized government at the urban and municipal levels, where interesting economic and political trends are shaping up in the bargain. Read full book review >
FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"The White House has naturally denied and decried Wolff's account, but even if it's only halfway accurate, it presents an appalling view of a frighteningly unqualified and unprepared gang that can't think straight."
Headline-grabbing fly-on-the-wall view of the dysfunctional playroom that is the Trump White House. 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 >