Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A valuable compendium of responses to the shallow, classist hostility to public education."
A methodical dismantling of the coordinated tenets of the free market assault on public education. Read full book review >

TEARS OF SALT by Pietro Bartolo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Though the chronological hopscotch makes it more like a scrapbook collection of memories than a cohesive narrative, there is great hope and poignancy here."
On a remote island between Italy and Africa, a doctor does everything he can to deal with the health crises of refugees. Read full book review >
IN DAYS TO COME by Avraham Burg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A heartfelt synthesis of a coming-of-age story, a political jeremiad, a memoir, and a manifesto."
A leftist Israeli activist delivers a singular sermon explaining what needs urgent repair in the Jewish democracy. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A welcome operator's manual for parents of school-age children, inside or outside the K-12 paradigm."
A manifesto with a lesson plan: home-schooling champion Bauer (The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, 2015, etc.) continues her case for educating outside the system. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Of great interest to urban activists and workers at the interface of the public and private sectors, with much food for thought for investors as well."
An argument for decentralized government at the urban and municipal levels, where interesting economic and political trends are shaping up in the bargain. Read full book review >
FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"The White House has naturally denied and decried Wolff's account, but even if it's only halfway accurate, it presents an appalling view of a frighteningly unqualified and unprepared gang that can't think straight."
Headline-grabbing fly-on-the-wall view of the dysfunctional playroom that is the Trump White House. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An evenhanded book about a controversy that will not die."
A comprehensive history of one of America's most hotly debated political issues. Read full book review >
BAD JOBS AND POOR DECISIONS by J.R. Helton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A series of scattered 'dispatches' that fail to cohere."
Helton (The Jugheads, 2014, etc.) wanders through a series of reminiscences of drugged states, dead-end jobs, and "writing feverishly," trying to make it as an author. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Something to leave under the tree for that relative who can't get enough of Ayn Rand, insistent that there are values to cherish other than selfishness."
"Overeducated cartoonist" Gonick, the pen behind numerous cartoon guides to scientific and historical subjects (The Cartoon History of the Universe, etc.), returns with this look at the reigning economic system of the day. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Students of geopolitics will appreciate Snyder's thoughtful analysis of a troubled region."
Nearing its 65th birthday, how does the southern half of the Korean peninsula fare? The prognosis is mixed. Read full book review >
THE LONG HANGOVER by Shaun  Walker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Essential reading for Russia watchers."
A British journalist offers a searching account of contemporary Russia, a nation bent on recapturing a more glorious past. 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 >