Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A weighty consideration of the cultural politics behind disturbing flash points like the death of Trayvon Martin."
A legalistic polemic arguing that the "natural right" of self-defense has been perverted by American gun culture. Read full book review >
BLUE ON BLUE by Charles Campisi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This superb memoir can be read for its sheer entertainment or as a primer on police work—or both."
A recently retired high-ranking New York City police supervisor recounts his career, with an emphasis on his unpleasant but necessary assignment flushing out corrupt cops. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A thorough and demanding examination of a problem that has no easy solutions and a challenge to policymakers to discard prior notions about the nature of the problem and the needed reforms."
Why the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and what can be done to address the problem. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earnest eyewitness account of a nation in tumult."
A bleak view of young Egyptian lives as they joined the revolution and then fell back, disillusioned. Read full book review >
LIBERATING MINDS by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A valuable arsenal of information for policymakers seeking prison reform in the present political climate."
A strong argument for expanding college-level study in the nation's prisons. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Suitable primarily for working journalists and others concerned with support of a free press, this is a provocative compendium of issues confronting journalism as new technologies pose an array of threats to independent reporting."
Forget going to jail to protect your source—the government can simply identify her through metadata. Read full book review >
AGE OF ANGER by Pankaj Mishra
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A probing, well-informed investigation of global unrest calling for 'truly transformative thinking' about humanity's future."
How the failures of capitalism have led to "fear, confusion, loneliness and loss"—and global anger. Read full book review >
SINGAPORE by John Curtis Perry
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A brief, affectionate history of Singapore that provides a compelling but incomplete and surprisingly discursive portrait of the island nation."
The history of Singapore's improbable path to becoming an economically powerful city-state. Read full book review >
WE'RE 34TH IN EDUCATION by Alexander Kugushev
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A heartfelt and ambitious look at education reform hampered by methodology limitations."
A work offers a critical evaluation of the shortcomings of public schools in the United States. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Easily digested research and personal stories in support of breast-feeding and its importance to mothers and their children."
Why breast-feeding is often frowned upon in the United States despite the well-documented health benefits for both mother and child. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An unusual and satisfying collection, and who will quibble with the Chicago Cubs' 'Lesson Learned': 'Believe you will succeed!'? (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
If at first you don't succeed, then at least enjoy the epic failures of others, for as well as the pleasures of schadenfreude, there are lessons to be learned. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Attention-grabbing research that amply shows the many detriments of social media, particularly for young adults."
The latest exploration of why social media may not be so great after all. 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 >