Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2003

"A spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression."
So you want a revolution? If your foe is an ayatollah, try reading Jane Austen. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 2003

"A can't-put-it-down narrative: frightening, informative, and, with bioterrorism in the forefront of the news, timely."
From the head of the Washington Post's investigative team, a vivid account of the anthrax scare of 2001 and the government's bumbling response to this still unsolved crime. Read full book review >

THE GATE by François Bizot
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 2003

"Heartbreaking and terrifying: a superb account of the madness of war, and of a people's wholesale self-destruction."
Breathtaking memoir by a young French scholar who twice managed to escape from the clutches of the Khmer Rouge as the Cambodian genocide was unfolding. Read full book review >
DREAMING WAR by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasure for those convinced of the present ruling elite's deep-seated flaws and deeper evils, and tasty food for thought even for the doubtful."
Another deliciously ill-tempered screed from veteran gadfly Vidal (Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, p. 398, etc.), perhaps our fiercest homegrown critic of American imperialism in general and the current administration in particular. Read full book review >
THE BEST LAWYER IN A ONE-LAWYER TOWN by Dale Bumpers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2003

"Wry perspective on the eternal seriousness of casting one's vote."
This saga of bootstrapping from an impoverished boyhood to the Arkansas governor's mansion and a distinguished senatorial career could easily serve as a manual for the legislatively inclined. Read full book review >

ALMOST THERE by Nuala O’Faolain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2003

"O'Faolain may be 'almost there'—free of turbulence and waste, out of the wild hills and onto calm water—but she may also be constitutionally incapable of such a condition: there's too much grit in her keen eye to let it rest easy upon the world."
With the same emotional spadework as in her bestselling Are You Somebody? (1998), O'Faolain turns over the past half decade to try understanding how and why they happened. Read full book review >
ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION by W.G. Sebald
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Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"Somber and moving: a contribution to the literature of WWII from a perspective that will be new to most American readers."
Interconnected essays from the recently deceased German novelist (Austerlitz, 2001, etc.) on his nation's capacity to cause, absorb, and forget suffering. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"One of the nation's darkest chapters, brilliantly exhumed and analyzed with due attention to its obvious contemporary relevance."
Respected biographer Morris (Ambrose Bierce, 1996, etc.) reconstructs in amazing detail a presidential election that profaned the rule of law and nearly rekindled the Civil War. Read full book review >
SAMURAI WILLIAM by Giles Milton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2003

"A remarkable tale that might have fallen from the inventive lips of Scheherazade. (3 maps, 47 illustrations)"
Popular historian Milton (The Riddle and the Knight, 2001, etc.) returns with another page-turner: a chronicle of the actual events underlying James Clavell's novel Shogun (1975). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Altogether fascinating, and a sound investment for readers seeking high return in the form of useful ideas."
Democracies are habitually broke, and for good reasons revealed in this provocative study by a former investment banker. Read full book review >
WHAT I SAW by Joseph Roth
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Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Poignant and prescient. (35 b&w photos)"
Evocative pieces about life in interbellum Berlin by a Jewish journalist and fiction writer (The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
I REFUSE TO DIE by Koigi Wa Wamwere
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Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Nonetheless, a terrifying work of enormous importance that contrasts humanity with bestiality, dignity with depravity."
Human rights activist Wa Wamwere relates in harrowing detail the repeated incarcerations, tortures, and terrors inflicted upon him and his family by Kenya's oppressive regimes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >