Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Kate Germano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A no-holds-barred condemnation of discriminatory training policies within the Marines and of systemic sexism facing women everywhere."
A passionate account of a former Marine Corps officer's fight for equality and justice in a historically sexist system. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >

AGAINST ELECTIONS by David Van Reybrouck
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers who disagree with the cure may at least recognize the incisiveness of the diagnosis."
A radical remedy to save the essence of democracy, which is diseased and potentially dying. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MAKE WHITE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE by Michael Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fiery memoir/manifesto by an athlete with his heart in the right place."
An outspoken activist athlete practically dares readers to think of professional football and its players in the same way again after finishing this book. Read full book review >
TWO SISTERS by Åsne Seierstad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"'Is it ethically defensible to focus on the lives of two girls when they have not granted their consent?' Seierstad wonders at the end. That is for readers to decide, now knowing much more about what drives people to fanatical causes."
In which the sins of the children are visited upon the fathers: an unblinking journalistic account of the life of the jihadi. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM by Timothy Snyder
Released: April 3, 2018

"A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism."
How Russia's campaign to undermine democracies threatens the European Union and the United States. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A useful, reasonable work of civilian policy analysis sure to invite discussion and even controversy."
A sort-of-liberal, sort-of-conservative argument for a secure southern border, served up by investor and philanthropist Buffett (40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Provocative and deftly argued, Pastor's book reminds us that the future is unwritten and that it always has deep roots in, and connections to, the past."
A look at the recent history of California and what it may mean for the future of the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women's lives."
The president of Planned Parenthood recounts her life as an activist. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An insistently hopeful, fact-based booster shot for a doomsaying, world-weary population."
An influential thought leader puts a positive spin on global awareness. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2018

"A book that suggests that doing whatever you can is better than doing nothing."
Humanizing the crisis of climate change helps a science educator see at least a ray of hope while sounding the alarm. Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPER by Dunya Mikhail
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"All but true believers suffer under Daesh, Mikhail makes abundantly clear—but especially women. A powerful study."
An Iraqi journalist and poet long resident in New York returns to her native country to chronicle the misfortunes of Yazidi women under the rule of the Islamic State group. 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 >