Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

THE TYRANNY OF METRICS by Jerry Z. Muller
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A monkey wrench in the works of HR, bean-counting, and other such enterprises and a pleasure for contrarians in a hypernumerate world."
For every quantification, there's a way of gaming it. So argues this timely manifesto against measured accountability and other "knowledge that seems solid but that is actually deceptive." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Of considerable interest to readers keeping an eye on West Africa."
Anthropological and historical account of the rise and fortunes of Boko Haram. Read full book review >

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING by Deborah Santana
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope."
Essays by women of color offer intimate, candid reflections on their lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A candid and revealing portrait of a man and a nation in turmoil."
The story of an American physician who faced medical, personal, and cultural challenges at a hospital in Jerusalem. Read full book review >
BLACK INK by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Revelatory, often moving essays by impressive writers."
Writers testify to the significance of reading and writing in their lives. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-documented and fresh perspective on Muslim society."
How an influx of working women is changing the Muslim world. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A fresh, lightly written look at issues noteworthy for their complexity; just the book for the budding economist in the house."
Of economic growth and its discontents—and of new ways to gauge all of them. Read full book review >
PIPE DREAMS by Erin Banco
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Banco's reportage vividly shows the human toll that deceit and subterfuge have taken on a land so rich in natural resources."
Star-Ledger investigative reporter Banco reveals the complicated conspiracies keeping the richness of Iraqi oil from trickling down to the general populace. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >
TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE by Rob Riemen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology."
Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A moving, well-documented testimony to lawyers' tireless battles against a nation's inhumanity."
A Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer forcefully argues that Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is equivalent to apartheid. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM DARKNESS by Andrea C. Hoffmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Ibrahim's bold firsthand account is powerful testimony to resilience and survival in the face of a kind of warfare that is becoming ever more common, its terror visited mostly on women."
A memoir of abduction and sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamist Boko Haram militant group. 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 >