Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Told with deep affection and respect, a thoroughly engaging 'journey down journalism's blue highways.'"
A Peabody and Emmy Award-winning correspondent reports on the indignities, difficulties, delights and occasional triumphs of small-town newspapering. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"A valuable guide for every parent."
Completely revised and updated guide to assist parents in evolving from their lifelong supervisory role to observing from afar, with a new focus on how to navigate the often confusing and treacherous waters of parenting a technologically dependent generation. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 2011

"A funny, erudite retrospection offering more subtle and lasting rewards than the usual package tour."
Intent on undertaking an audacious open-air exploit, but lacking even rudimentary camping skills or basic gear, an adventure-travel writer recounts his unconventional trek to the mysterious Machu Picchu. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2011

"A spirited, fascinating insider's account of a troubled realm."
An examination of failing American newspapers from a unique perspective. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENCE by John E. Ferling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2011

"A lucid, erudite account a period both terrifying and supremely inspiring."
A venerable historian of the American Revolution focuses on the events between the shot heard round the world and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2011

"An absorbing maze of a book—readers may well, like Woodruff and Underwood, find their hearts lost to the West."
A detailed study of two spirited and privileged young women who unexpectedly became a small part of the history of the American West. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2011

"This is a wildly complex and significant period in American history, and Miller does a solid job of attending to the many boiling pots on the stove."
A rich, rapacious America clashes with its downtrodden and idealistic in this ambitious, wide-ranging study. Read full book review >
WITNESS TO AN EXTREME CENTURY by Robert Jay Lifton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2011

"A call for a moral awakening by a deeply compassionate chronicler of our times."
A memoir by a courageous psychiatrist and National Book Award winner whose life's work has been the study of why fundamentally decent individuals commit evil acts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"Both a gripping true-crime narrative and an astonishing portrait of fin de siècle yellow journalism."
Collins (English/Portland State Univ.; The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Changed the World, 2010, etc.) unpacks a sensational 1897 murder case that fascinated the public as it played out across the front pages of the New York City's leading newspapers: Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"Despite the murky title, this is a beautifully composed, deeply felt journey inside Morocco."
An improbable pursuit of a strange murder in Casablanca segues into a moving study of cross-cultural friendship. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"Exceptional reimagining of Islam."
Manji takes readers outside the boxes of "moderation" and "multi-culturalism" to boldly tackle the problems with modern Islam. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2011

"A treasure-trove of a book, especially for would-be antiquers."
A tour d'horizon of the world of antiques, from flea markets to antiques shows to high-end auction houses, with a brief stopover at eBay and the Antiques Roadshow. 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 >