Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2004

"Top-notch. Deserving of a place alongside Michael Herr's Dispatches, Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, and other classic or soon-to-be-so tales of modern war."
A consistently engaging kill-and-tell tale of life in olive drab. Read full book review >
A DEATH IN BRAZIL by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2004

"An affectionate, probing cultural portrait, as stark as it is entertaining."
Under intellectual scrutiny from a part-time resident, the world's fifth largest country comes alive as "the oddest and most thrilling" in our hemisphere. Read full book review >

BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME by Timothy B. Tyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2004

"One of the most candid and lucent books on race in this or any other year."
Powerful, wrenching story of a racial killing during the author's North Carolina childhood. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Scholarly, stimulating, significant. (8 pp. b&w illustrations)"
A sensational 18th-century murder sets the author musing about things that annoy and challenge historians: What are facts? What is history? What are the differences between a novelist and a historian? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2004

"Choice political journalism."
Observant, quicksilver explorations of the Big Apple's political landscape. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Impressive reportage, a fearless commitment to seeing what there is to see, and a strong sense of history: a fine work of literary travel, one that honors its subjects."
A travel writer's anabasis through a country that is no country. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 2004

"Why spies don't make good assassins, why American intelligence needs to borrow a page from the Great Game heroes of the 19th-century British Empire, why things go wrong: it's all here. A perfect companion for fans of John le Carré."
A slender but rich—and quite entertaining—introduction to the shadowy world of spy vs. spy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 2004

"Of a piece with Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers (2003): a sobering and much-needed portrait of a land that merits, and requires, our attention."
History blended with firsthand reportage of postcolonial Africa, "the stage of mankind's greatest tragedies." Read full book review >
BLUE BLOOD by Edward Conlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2004

"Crackling sharp—and utterly compelling."
A street-smart and hilarious memoir from Conlon, who takes readers behind the squad-room door to reveal the inner life of New York's Finest. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Against these highlights, some of Kelly's curmudgeonly, conservative cultural pieces pale. But the highlights are brilliant indeed, showing that American journalism lost much with Kelly's passing."
A splendid collection of newspaper and magazine pieces by the late Kelly (Martyr's Day, 1993), the first "embedded journalist" to die in the latest Iraq war. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2004

"Sure to be textbook reading at the Pentagon, but deserving of the widest audience."
A superbly written account of the recent unpleasantness in Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2004

"First-rate reading for fans of cloak-and-dagger stuff, and for students of WWII history."
A lively recounting of America's shadow war against the Axis powers, fraught with peril, treachery, and bad decisions. 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 >