Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 7)

WHAT YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA by Elizabeth Catte
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype."
A terse rebuttal to the vision of Appalachia popularized by J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Read full book review >
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy."
A Mexican-American student of international relations becomes a United States Border Patrol agent to learn what he can't in the classroom. Read full book review >

THE LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Tom Sleigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist."
A distinguished poet details his experiences reporting from war zones and refugee camps and grappling with the limits of language. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An astute, easily digestible guide to not being a jerk."
A comic deep dive into the modern culture of rudeness. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A weighty and robust history of a people disappeared from their own community."
The life, death, and diaspora of an American community. Read full book review >

THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS by Slavoj Žižek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Resolutely atheist' and a 'skeptical pessimist,' iek does his best to leave no sacred cow ungored."
From the provocative to the outrageous to the impenetrable, the latest from the Slovenian gadfly finds a curious sort of hope in a hopeless situation. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lapsed Trump supporters might well open their minds to this attorney's scholarly, entirely convincing proof of the damage done."
The former special counsel to former President Bill Clinton takes on the 2016 election and James Comey's effect on the outcome. Read full book review >
DECARCERATING AMERICA by Ernest Drucker
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A unified and hopeful collection that should interest attorneys, activists, and open-minded law enforcement professionals."
An urgent anthology suggesting progressive approaches to ending the era of overimprisonment. Read full book review >
THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING by Bryan Mealer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A big, eminently readable story, deftly spun even if with few surprises."
A tale of boom and bust—but mostly bust—in the always-beckoning oil fields of Texas. Read full book review >
BROTOPIA by Emily Chang
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thorough, important examination of the often sleazy, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley."
An in-depth analysis of the tech-industry brotherhood. Read full book review >
HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE by Andrew Keen
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world."
A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"The crystal-clear message of this thoroughly researched and impressively documented book is that white supremacy remains a powerful force in the United States."
A fresh look at "the story of grassroots resistance to racial equality undertaken by white women" who "took central roles in disciplining their communities according to Jim Crow's rules." 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 >