Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Optimistic, useful history of diplomacy as counterweight to brutality."
A surprising study that suggests warfare is decreasing and growing less intense, coupled with a strident defense of peacekeeping and the United Nations. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2011

"A saga as richly realized as a fine Victorian novel."
Former Reuters journalist Gabriel (The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone, 2002, etc.) offers a rich, humanizing portrait of the Marx family. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A likely bellwether for America's future struggles with race."
A personal and scholarly dissection of race issues in modern America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2011

"Though questions of the attainability of the change proposed throughout are left to linger, Atwater's 'blueprint' will appeal to the hearts of California enthusiasts."
In his sweeping, dialectical history of California, Atwater investigates the tumultuous marriage of dream and reality in the Golden State. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"With passion and grace, Deb deftly paints a vivid picture of the difficulties and dichotomies facing the people of today's India."
A frank look at modern India, told through the stories of its most hopeful and its most desperate people. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Grim, sobering tales fashioned by a terrific writer brave enough to unearth the real story."
Exciting, heart-wrenching dispatches among the poor and disenfranchised of Haiti and Latin America. Read full book review >
THE ANATOMY OF ISRAEL'S SURVIVAL by Hirsh Goodman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Tapping into his access to the defense structure, Goodman does a solid job depicting Israel's 'ball of thorns.'"
Chronicle of the existential insecurity that has tipped Israel's fall from grace, and a strong plea to quit its role as occupying power to the Palestinians. Read full book review >
WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A valiant effort to explain and make peace with war's awesome consequences for human beings."
A manual for soldiers or anyone interested in what can happen to mind, body and spirit in the extreme circumstances of war. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"Pickles' message may be most appropriate for administrators, but teachers, school boards and concerned parents will also benefit from reading this book as it will remind them that the welfare of students should always be the first priority in educational reform."
A timely, insightful assessment of American education, with an emphasis on eliminating the "achievement gap." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A well-rendered account. Pair with David Willman's The Mirage Man (2011) for all the details on one of the more curious and frightening episodes in American history."
A biosecurity expert revisits the insidious 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five and traumatized the nation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A triumphant work that demystifies the intersection between compatibility and color."
A scholarly account of African-Americans' encounters with the marriage gap. Read full book review >
ARGUABLY by Christopher Hitchens
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Vintage Hitchens. Argumentative and sometimes just barely civil—another worthy collection from this most inquiring of inquirers."
A new collection of essays from Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir, 2010, etc.), his first since 2004. 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 >