Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2011

"Fierce, funny and unflinchingly honest."
A memoir of the five years the writer spent reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. Read full book review >
UNFAMILIAR FISHES by Sarah Vowell
NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2011

"Lively history and astute sociology make a sprightly chronicle of a gorgeous archipelago and its people."
Ever-clever NPR contributor Vowell (The Wordy Shipmates, 2008, etc.) offers a quick, idiosyncratic account of Hawaii from the time Capt. James Cook was dispatched to the then-Sandwich Islands to the end of the 19th century, when the United States annexed the islands. Read full book review >

THE FEAR by Peter Godwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2011

"The author's return to his beloved homeland transformed by violence and no longer familiar proves heart-wrenching and extremely moving."
Godwin (When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, 2007, etc.), a white Zimbabwean journalist schooled in and relocated to England, bears brave witness to the last brutal days of Robert Mugabe's dictatorship. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2011

"A slim, basic but solid activity and conversation book for teachers looking for direction in their English as a Foreign Language classes."
Roth and Aberson return with the next installment of their Compelling Conversations series (Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics, 2007), presenting conversation topics, activity ideas and interesting quotes for Vietnamese students of the English language. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"A comprehensive, still-shocking exhumation of racial discord in America."
Superior chronicle of the most violent decade in New York City history. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"A useful and readable addition to Mob Lit."
The inside story of a notable organized-crime prosecution, in which a son turned on his ferocious father. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"A lucid investigation into the fatally risky business that caused the blowout, which, by putting human faces on many players, amplifies the ache."
With the assistance of former Washington Post contributor Shroder (Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence For Past Lives, 1999), veteran oil-rig captain Konrad guides readers through the culture and daily life of offshore drilling on the Deepwater Horizon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"A compelling ride."
Max "Vision" Butler—currently in a federal penitentiary—once sat atop a billion-dollar criminal empire trafficking in stolen credit-card numbers. How he got there and how the authorities finally managed to topple him is a harrowing tale shot through with technology and tragedy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2011

"A wonderfully speculative patchwork quilt on the meaning of life and death."
Twenty writers discuss what the inevitability of death means to them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2011

"A tour de force in breadth and depth."
Schaefer's debut is an in-depth critical assessment of the Russo-Chechen conflict that reflects a deep understanding of counterinsurgency in general and how it relates to that region specifically. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2011

"The author's frequent allusions to the era's films, TV shows, books and music lend color and context to an already penetrating and evenhanded political analysis."
A British historian revisits the politics and culture of a miserable American decade. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 2011

"A welcome book on the '60s—a nostalgia trip for those who were there and a vivid work of history for anyone curious about the journalism that jolted a decade."
An unusually thoughtful account of the in-your-face underground press of the 1960s and its role in fomenting a decade of youth revolt. 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 >