Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE by Gabrielle  Union
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Personal, reflective moments that reveal various aspects of an actress and activist's life."
A black actress and activist chronicles her life story and speaks out about issues important to her. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A prescient discussion of one of the darkest issues facing America today."
An alarming, well-researched account of how the far-right extremist underground became empowered in the era of Trump. Read full book review >

TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY by Keith  Olbermann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Unrelenting invective for Trump haters, who will love it; Trump lovers won't read it."
A veteran liberal journalist excoriates Donald Trump in a collection of commentaries from the Resistance, his web series hosted by GQ. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A potent book that gives faces and voices to trends that are too often reduced to cold statistics and academic analyses."
A humanized illumination of the challenges facing developing countries as climate change accelerates the race to the bottom. Read full book review >
THE END OF POLICING by Alex  Vitale
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book."
Why better training of police officers is inadequate to reduce strained relations between law enforcement and minority or impoverished communities and why it is necessary to completely rethink the role of police in America. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A gripping account of life in captivity and humankind's ongoing relationship to war."
Syria's bloody civil war swallows up an intrepid French-American photojournalist secretly struggling with his own ambivalence about the seductive nature of conflict and violence. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FAILED by Alton  Logan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A terrible personal case that brings general conditions into cruelly sharp focus."
A shocking tale of wrongful conviction and an argument for "a more responsive, sensitive, humane, and just legal system." Read full book review >
THE CLIMATE SWERVE by Robert Jay Lifton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A powerful and well-reasoned call to action."
A clear argument that "confronting the full danger of nuclear and climate devastation enables us to sustain rather than destroy our species." Read full book review >
WE WEAR THE MASK by Brando Skyhorse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Sharply drawn reflections on identity fluidity, stereotypes, marginalization, and cultural assumption."
Writers explore how and why the phenomenon of "passing" both shocks and fascinates. Read full book review >
WTF? by Tim  O'Reilly
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"O'Reilly's vision is more Utopian than dystopian, even downright optimistic in a roundabout, creative-destruction sort of way. The positive outlook is refreshing and engaging."
A good-news, bad-news look at a world full of unicorns, robots, and wonder—the future, in other words, as seen by longtime innovation watcher O'Reilly. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS by A.C. Grayling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government."
Of democracy and its discontents, with a resonant defense of what Winston Churchill called "the least bad of all systems." Read full book review >
REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. 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 >