Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"An unconventional, funny and touching family adventure."
The swamplands of southern Michigan receive a surprise visit from a blogging Manhattan journalist and his feisty elderly father. Read full book review >
NO BIKING IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT A HELMET by Melissa Fay Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"An upbeat chronicle of a life that has been lived on the bright side of the road, its ruts beveled by naked love."
The prodigiously cheering reflections of a mother gathering a large brood of children, both biological and adopted. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2011

"These stories are not just entertaining but important, reminding us to celebrate our quirks and those which we see in others as well."
Already known for providing readers a new angle on a familiar subject—e.g., college sororities (Pledged, 2004), obsessive students (The Overachievers, 2006)—Robbins now applies that same incisive inside scoop to the lives of high-schoolers who feel…different. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"It ends with a large, beautiful woman who revels in the joy of life."
Get rid of the bathroom scales and start living. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2011

"Deresiewicz smartly finds the practical value of Austen's prose without degrading her novels into how-to manuals."
A literary critic confronts his callow youth and finds salvation in the pages of the English romantic novelist. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Polished, fast-paced and immensely readable—ready for the big screen."
Former Boston Globe reporter Zuckoff (Journalism/Boston Univ.; Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, 2009, etc.) delivers a remarkable survival story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"An autumnal summing-up, winding through 'the labyrinth of literary influence' to conclude, '[t]hat labyrinth is life itself.'"
The distinguished critic again examines the interactions among writers that have been the main focus of his attention since The Anxiety of Influence (1973). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"An insightful history of the lives, times and works of some authors now virtually forgotten in the West, and a valuable addition to the study of Soviet letters."
A former Moscow correspondent for a Dutch newspaper conducts a literary travelogue revealing a remarkable geography and a strange, fraught alliance when the pen was not as mighty as the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"A well-edited work chronicling a truly inspired journey, leaving readers hopeful about Chinese progress as well as full of questions."
A complicated, ambitious travel adventure through modern Inner Asia, tracing the 1906-08 trek by a Russian spy commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II. Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE by Natalie Haynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Will have readers grabbing for the classics."
British comedienne and classics lover Haynes (The Great Escape, 2007) presents a wonderfully whimsical yet instructional view of Greco-Roman history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 2011

"For readers who need to understand Social Security and Medicare in order to plan for the futures of themselves and their loved ones, this book is an easy to read yet detailed guide that will also serve as a reference for later."
Jennings, a certified public accountant and financial planner, attempts to resolve much of the misunderstanding surrounding two important, complex governmental systems. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2011

"An engaging exhortation to take risks and live a meaningful life."
A political activist looks back on an eventful life. 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 >