Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 1996

"Derivative, utopian precepts from an inch-deep political observer who bears precious little resemblance to the subtle intellectual heavyweight he recklessly chose as a model. (Author tour)"
Hart, former senator and sometime candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, returns to lecture a paradigmatic (albeit nonexistent) seeker of high national office, in what he clearly believes is the manner of the 16th-century Florentine master Machiavelli, on what must be done to restore trust in America's government and renew a national sense of purpose. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1996

"Matthews doesn't break new ground, but he draws a striking picture of the destruction of a political friendship and its consequences for the country. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Vanity Fair and Reader's Digest; author tour)"
Matthews, the news anchor of the televison show America's Talking, offers an on- target dual portait of rival aspirants for the presidency, both eventually successful in their quest for the prize, both destined to end tragically. Read full book review >

I REMEMBER JULIA by Eric Stener Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"One hopes that Julia's child—she was pregnant at the time of her disappearence, and the forensics indicate that she gave birth before being murdered—will one day learn something of her mother through these pages."
A somber tale of murder and a kind of resurrection from the country that made ``to disappear'' a transitive verb. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"The star of her eighth-grade class, devoted as a young girl to logical argument, has produced a narrative stocked with sweeping statements ill supported by facts."
The author's memories of early adolescence, as taken from her rediscovered diaries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"A tale of hard-won racial healing, and a universal testament to the power of reaching out and moving on. (Author tour)"
In these related essays, an African-American woman documents her passage from racial hatred to personal salvation and delivers an eloquent message of hope. Read full book review >

BAD GUYS by Mark Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-observed and at times depraved, this is a unique account of the current prison population."
Career criminals telling their stories, wiseguy-style. Read full book review >
A NEW TIME FOR MEXICO by Carlos Fuentes
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"In the end, Fuentes refuses to make a clear, definitive statement on the crises facing Mexico, a sad thing in a writer who once made his country comprehensible to the world."
Desultory essays, mostly uninspired, on Mexico, following closely behind the noted author's execrable roman it clef Diana (1995). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Despite the pompous subtitle, a lighthearted look at life inside the one late-night show that takes the world seriously. (TV satellite tour)"
A charming anecdotal account of how a group of ABC execs parlayed an international incident into a news show that redefined late-night television and made little-known anchorman as popular as Johnny Carson. ``The show brought to you by the Ayatollah Khomeini,'' as it was jokingly referred to, Nightline evolved 16 years ago from the series America Held Hostage, ABC's response to their viewers' seemingly insatiable interest in the Iranian hostage crisis. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"One is left wishing for a more assertive, and personal, history of Anglo-American relations since 1940."
Britain's former ambassador to the US attempts a comprehensive survey of Anglo-American diplomatic relations. Read full book review >
WHY I AM A DEMOCRAT by Theodore C. Sorensen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"D'' Democratic principles."
A clear, though often redundant, argument for sticking with the Democrats in 1996. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-researched and provocative, Beyond the Classroom is likely to challenge the assumptions of many of its readers. (Author tour)"
A forceful analysis of the declining achievement of American students, coupled with sensible suggestions to reverse the decline. Read full book review >
HOLY LAND by D.J. Waldie
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Still, when Waldie's style works, his empty front lawns are every bit as depressing as the real thing. (20 photos, not seen)"
Part memoir, part social history, this odd collection of reflections should resonate with anyone who has experienced the profound loneliness of life in suburbia. 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 >