Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"869) is certainly more apple pie than expected, but it is a small story, nonetheless, and unlikely to speak to anyone but the already converted."
The sister of Newt tells all—well, at least she tells some. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like a sugar pill, this book is reasonably harmless, but there are many more effective remedies available for our cultural aches and pains."
Further proof, if any is needed, that there is almost nothing new left to say about the culture wars. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fundamentally flawed work, yet one that demands consideration and response."
A study of the rise of the Nazi Party that is sure to stir controversy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A hundred pages shorter, it would appeal to an even broader audience."
An intimate look at three generations of three white, ethnic Catholic families, and their eventual transformation from Democrats to Republicans, from a highly regarded former New York Times reporter. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Still, few works of nonfiction have captured so much of the spirit of the prep school experience."
Affectionate and well-drawn portrait of a school year at an all-boy prep school. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"His timely insider analysis is enlivened with unforgettable portraits of a bizarre cast of characters. (Author tour)"
Another coroner's report on the death of Yugoslavia, this time by an observer with a literary bent, the US's last ambassador to that vanished nation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though the prose is often lackluster, this is a valuable firsthand account of a street survivor's harrowing experiences. (Author tour)"
A memoir recounting the struggles of a black Puerto Rican activist who helps others trapped, as he once was, in cycles of poverty, addiction, and homelessness. Read full book review >
STOWAWAY by Carol Córdoba
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"If this seems an unlikely love story in synopsis, it is even less compelling when rendered in C¢rdoba's clichÇ-ridden and obviously biased prose, her narrative filled with many inconsistencies and unexplained events."
C¢rdoba is a middle-aged schoolteacher with a mission: to justify her relationship with a convicted drug smuggler from Colombia who is half her age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A provocative analysis of success and failure in the nation's most difficult job. (Author tour)"
Dallek (History/UCLA; Lone Star Rising, 1991; Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Symbolism, 1984; etc.) thoughtfully finds some common denominators of effective presidential performance. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Still, an on-target indictment of an educational system that refuses to recognize the madness in its teaching methods. (Author tour)"
A brick hurled at the windows of the K-12 educational establishment for serving up content-lite curricula that leave US elementary and secondary schools among the worst in the developed world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"American campuses."
A case of life imitating stereotype, with Meisner (History/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) expressing the hope that socialism in China may be rescued by a revolution against the Communist regime. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

A revisionist look at Franklin, focusing on his long struggle against the power of the Penn family and his evolution into one of the nation's first revolutionaries. 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 >