Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"An impressive amassing of case histories, both horrifying and inspirational, resulting in a book that's breezy, sanctimonious, and dull. (Author tour)"
Reason Foundation fellows Eggers and O'Leary argue that government should be downsized and its energies redirected. ``Beyond the Beltway, in the towns, cities, and states of America . . .'' Here we go again. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"A valuable book, a pleasure to read."
The ``godfather'' of neoconservatism traces the history of that movement and sets out some of its major concerns in this volume of essays (most previously published in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and elsewhere). Read full book review >

HEART by Lance Morrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"These and other sharp-edged reflections make us glad that Morrow is still with usand that he has given us yet another fine book."
Absorbing reminiscence of a heart in disintegration. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"With these creative models, Rose skillfully restores hope to public education. (Author tour)"
A spirited, optimistic showcase of the potential of our public schools, gleaned from a wide array of American classrooms. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Expect fierce outcries from the Walden crowd."
Wonderful splashes of ice water to chill the hearts and dampen the enthusiasm of the most die-hard environmentalists. Read full book review >

SAVAGES by Joe Kane
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Savages is not a pious retelling of someone else's activism; Kane has been there, risked his life, and returned with true authority on the subject and the literary skill to make it live on the pages. (8 pages color photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An eloquent and impassioned report from a hopeless battlefield where the war is between a nation of Amazonian Indians and the oil companies threatening to destroy it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1995

"A provocative and insightful assessment of and challenge to contemporary American education."
This critique of American education offers further subversion from Postman a quarter of a century after his Teaching as a Subversive Activity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"It's clear how knowledgeable and passionately engaged he is in his subject, but Benvenisti's overly academic style and lack of historical and anecdotal material makes this book less appealing than other recent works on the conflict. (2 maps, not seen)"
A rambling but occasionally insightful study of the political, economic, and psychological dynamics between Israeli Jews and Palestinian and Israeli Arabs, particularly during the period between the Temple Mount Massacre (Oct. 1990) and the Rabin-Arafat handshake at the White House (Sept. 1993). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Dobrynin makes no bones about being a communist and finds it difficult to understand the revulsion inspired by the Soviet Union's record, but his candor, his extraordinary ability, and his sharp perceptions make this book an entertaining and important one. (Author tour)"
Dobrynin, Soviet ambassador to the US from 1962 to 1986, doesn't tell all, but he tells enough to give a fascinating and indispensable account of the relations between the Soviet Union and the US during his tenure. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Death and capital punishment, southern style, and with all the trappings."
Sex, prejudice, murder, and lies are the familiar hinges to this gripping investigation into the deaths of two Alabama teenagers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Showing the stunning parallels in the politics of black peoples on both sides of the Atlantic, this offers definitive proof of the robust continuity of black freedom struggles."
This look at the nature of black protest in South Africa and the US is a profound and necessary contribution to the field of black studies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. 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 >