Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

Released: Jan. 29, 1993

"Often comically brilliant in detailing Mencken's 'sharp and more or less truculent dissent from the mores of my country'—and always brutally frank about others' foibles and his own prejudices."
The unmistakable iconoclasm of Mencken resounds again in this memoir of his early days in the literary trade. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 1993

"An often heartrending portrait of a family and a life shattered by state paranoia, and of a world turned upside-down. (First printing of 25,000)"
A nightmarish tale of political persecution in Communist China. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"A decent spanning-the-globe overview. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Radio-journalist Laufer (Iron Curtain Rising, 1991) visited Americans imprisoned in 21 countries for this readable if often superficial look at how travelers run afoul of the law abroad—and what happens when they do. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"The text has helpful tabular material throughout."
Just when you thought the world might become a kinder, gentler, even safer place, a veteran military analyst appears with an arresting reminder that, notwithstanding the cold war's end, our planet still encompasses a full measure of potential hot spots. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 18, 1993

"An affectionate foreword by Jonas Salk is included. (Eight-page photo insert.)"
Undoubtedly the most eccentric of the group of unusual scientists involved in the Manhattan Project, Szilard (1898-1964) led a life sufficiently extraordinary to survive this conscientious, sometimes plodding treatment by a senior energy- policy analyst, aided by Szilard's younger brother. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 15, 1993

This breezy, superficial book is a ``violently unauthorized biography'' of America's notorious ``outlaw'' journalist. Read full book review >
CONTRACT KILLER by William Hoffman
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"The real thing—ugly, savage, unforgettable: an absolute must for true-crime fans. (Photographs—not seen.) (First printing of 125,000)"
Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? ``I pumped two slugs into Hoffa's forehead,'' free-lance hit-man Donald Frankos says here—and that's only one of many murders that ``Tony the Greek'' claims in these cruel, compelling memoirs, told to journalist Hoffman (Doctors on the New Frontier, 1981, etc.) and p.i. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 1993

Getman, a veteran law prof at Harvard and Yale now teaching at the University of Texas, provides a troubled liberal's response to recent critiques of higher education by Allan Bloom and Roger Kimball. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"A dramatic story told with engaging verve, becoming modesty, and beguiling wit by an astute practitioner of statecraft. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A former assistant secretary of state's riveting memoir—as much a primer on diplomacy as an eyewitness account—of his eight- year-long effort to bring peace to southern Africa. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"He presents some valuable policy suggestions toward book's end, but, most of the way, he seems asleep at the wheel."
The former foreign-service officer, professor at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, and author of 18 books now offers The World According to Kennan. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 1993

"An exemplar of vision and perseverance—and a darn good yarn. (Photos—not seen.)"
Engrossing tale of the unlikely alliance of a tenacious child-worker and a professional gambler that reformed the treatment of abused children in Mississippi. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"Still: a useful reminder of a not-so-distant past, as well as a—perhaps unintentional- -primer on the realities of fame and politics. (Photos—16 pp. b&w- -not seen.)"
From former Los Angeles Times editorial writer Mills (A Place in the News, 1988)—a biography more fulsome than definitive of civil-rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >