Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

A spirited vindication of classical liberalism and its notions of constitutional government. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS IN THE BACK OF THE CLASS by LouAnne Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Every student, girl or boy, needs a teacher like this— caring and committed to helping them succeed in school and in life. (26 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A sequel to the lively recounting of life in an inner-city high school. Read full book review >

ROMANS by Michael Sheridan
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"A pleasant journey through the past and present of Europe's greatest urbs."
A delightful excursion through the history, politics, and culture of the Eternal City, showing the continuity between Rome's turbulent history and its equally intriguing present. Read full book review >
PERMANENT MIDNIGHT by Jerry Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like a horrible accident, the memoir morbidly compels attention, but Stahl's self-excoriating wisecracks often trivialize the true ghastliness of his experience, reducing it to exploitation-flick flatness. (First serial to Esquire)"
The itinerary of a hack writer's nightmarish journey through junkie hell. Read full book review >
JUDICIAL ENIGMA by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"After this unenlightening account, Harlan remains an enigma. (16 halftones, not seen)"
A serviceable but bloodless biography of the Supreme Court justice who penned some of the most celebrated judicial dissents of the 19th century. Read full book review >

THIS SIDE OF PEACE by Hanan Ashrawi
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Ashrawi offers a vivid rendering of the Palestinian side of events that have led to a vastly altered but still deeply troubled relationship between Israel and the Palestinian people. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
The autobiography of perhaps the most visible Palestinian spokesperson after Yasir Arafat. Read full book review >
BUSTED by W.D. Ehrhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"This has its illuminating moments, but for those familiar with Vietnam literature, there's not much new or arresting."
The accessible, sometimes resonant final chapter in a postwar trilogy of memoirs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"It seems that the true meat of thought is here and not in the book they are responding to."
A searing response to the pseudo-science on the connection between race and intelligence put forth in the best-selling The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein (not reviewed). Read full book review >
BATTLING FOR PEACE by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Fluid, factual, and occasionally anecdotal, this is a better- than-average campaign bio by yet another feuding Israeli hero of war and peace."
An inviting exercise in autobiography by Israel's defensive foreign minister. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"A dull reading of grand history. (First printing of 50,000)"
The ``great man'' approach, ferociously but ploddingly revived. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"An intelligent examination of a complex issue, a useful corrective to the euphoria of the West in the wake of its ostensible victory in the Cold War."
MacArthur Foundation grant recipient Rosenberg follows her acclaimed study of Latin America's transition to democracy, Children of Cain (1991), with a similar look at Eastern Europe, specifically, the former Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Germany. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Horror stories that reinforce the Hollywood- and mass-media- created image of the screwed-up Vietnam veteran. (Author tour)"
This putative examination of a homeless shelter for Vietnam veterans in Boston is actually an overheated, patronizing, stereotype-strewn portrayal of the ``plight of Vietnam veterans.'' In his first book, journalist Solotaroff examines the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans by looking at its founder, Ken Smith, and five severely disturbed clients. 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 >