Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 6)

THE END OF EUROPE by James Kirchick
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Students of geopolitics and current affairs would do well to spend time with this book, which, though deceptively slender, contains multitudes."
A journey across the ideological and literal battlegrounds of the Old World, featuring reports full of dire portent. Read full book review >
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES by Dan Egan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Not light reading but essential for policymakers—and highly recommended for the 40 million people who rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water."
An alarming account of the "slow-motion catastrophe" facing the world's largest freshwater system. Read full book review >

THE OPTIMISTIC LEFTIST by Ruy Teixeira
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A useful political book that makes it hard to understand how Donald Trump could have possibly won the election."
A political analyst offers American liberals a host of reasons to be cheerful. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though replete with engaging vignettes, Erzen's work is too narrowly focused and unrevealing."
Erzen (Religion and Gender Studies/Univ. of Puget Sound; Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love It, 2012, etc.) examines the rise of ministries in some of America's largest prison systems, critiquing their motives and effectiveness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A gripping chronicle by a daring pilot with an indomitable spirit."
A memoir from an Air National Guard pilot who was shot down on a search-and-rescue mission during her third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >
WE DO OUR PART by Charles Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A cogent and meaningful call for citizens to share the benefits and burdens of a unified society—hopefully an argument that isn't already past its sell-by date."
A legendary journalist offers a plea for national civility and unity rooted in the ethos of the New Deal. Read full book review >
THE GIRL AT THE BAGGAGE CLAIM by Gish Jen
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"While Jen's findings are undoubtedly intriguing, she is not fully convincing in her portrayal of the modest, hardworking flexi-self and the big pit self 'with high self-esteem and a lack of stick-to-it-ness.'"
A Chinese-American novelist and essayist investigates how culture shapes identity. Read full book review >
A COUNTRY BETWEEN by Stephanie Saldaña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A serene memoir in which the author takes valuable time to regard the character of the Palestinian people and their way of life."
Reflections of a young American wife and mother trying to make a home in war-torn Jerusalem. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"A sharp analysis of an increasingly pressing problem, but Nichols falls short of proposing a satisfying solution."
Some fresh twists on a familiar theme: the dumbing down of America amid the defiant distrust of expertise. Read full book review >
THE COMPLACENT CLASS by Tyler Cowen
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A book that will undoubtedly stir discussion—as many of Cowen's books do—with readers divided about how they stand based on where they currently sit."
An influential economist seeks to persuade readers that American citizens have gotten overly complacent, that a crisis point is near, and that a widespread rebellion may alter the existing order. Read full book review >
FAST-FOOD KIDS by Amy L. Best
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The book may be useful for sociology teachers and students, but general readers and policymakers will find this tough to digest."
A cultural analysis of what kids eat and why. 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 >