Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"An absorbing and authoritative canvass that puts paid to any beguiling notion that legalized gambling provides either a quick or durable fix for depleted municipal and state treasuries. (Author tour)"
A censorious audit of government's role in the recent proliferation of legal gambling. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 1995

"A reader-unfriendly look at an unpleasant but important subject. (16 charts, not seen) (Author tour)"
Some perceptive, original ideas can be dredged out of this awkwardly written, haphazardly annotated treatise on the psychological forces that come into play in killing on the battlefield. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Poor Jacob Neusner, poor readerthis is dreary stuff from an admirably productive, often insightful scholar."
A curious hybrid: part history of the American university during the Cold War years, part memoir of the elder (Jacob) Neusner's five decades as perhaps America's leading Judaica scholar. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A solid contribution to the literature of recent American political history. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A moving story of a poor family's unforeseen contribution to the civil-rights struggle in America. Read full book review >
UNITED NATIONS by Stanley Meisler
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"But generally, a clear-eyed view of an organization as victimized by naive hope as by corrosive cynicism. (photos, not seen)"
An even-handed, realistic history that implicitly measures how far the UN has come in achieving the high hopes its founders held when it was created at the end of WW II. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Sure to spark intense debate among those concerned with the study of human sexuality."
A fresh and theoretically enticing approach to the study of human sexuality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An absorbing, exhaustive, valuable, scary book, slightly marred by disgust with the last people in America that it's okay to be disgusted withwhite trash."
Historian Carter (Emory Univ.; When the War Was Over, 1985, etc.) tackles racist demagogue George C. Wallace, four-time governor of Alabama and presidential candidate. Read full book review >
BIG BABIES by Michael Kinsley
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Kinsley makes his case well if a bit too dispassionately: The American people want solutions without having to pay for them, and politicians will promise all the free rides it takes to get elected."
A collection of columns from 198695 by Kinsley, picking up where an earlier collection, Curse of the Giant Muffins (1987), left off. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Flashes of insight, but few scoops or exclusives. (illustrations and photos, not seen)"
A loose-knit history of American journalism that promises more than it delivers. Read full book review >
ENGLISH PAPERS by William H. Pritchard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A subtle, modest chronicle, yet one that often burns with a hard, gemlike flame."
A quietly fierce, resoundingly literate pedagogic autobiography. Read full book review >
THE BLUE SUIT by Richard Rayner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Fictional characters can be indulged, but real penance should be private."
True confessions by a Cambridge alum whose success in literature and love belies a youth of forged checks and stolen first editions. Read full book review >
P.S., A MEMOIR by Pierre Salinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Beneath the fluff, a fascinating insider's view of historic events of the past 50 years, especially those involving John and Robert Kennedy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The autobiography of a newsman, presidential press secretary, and bon vivant. 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 >