Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention."
Mexican-American scholar/writer/artist Ledesma (Graduate Diversity Director/Univ. of California) recounts his own experience of "the immigrant experience," with its tiers of risk and layers of aspiration. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An informative, personal view of the Chinese and their educational system that will have many American readers cringing at the techniques used by the Chinese to create perfect students."
A comparison of American and Chinese education systems based on the author's observations of her young son. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"The argument, accessible and without jargon, is more complex than the simple-minded anti-trade pact economic nationalism that has come to the fore in recent months, but it may still comfort everyone from Occupy Wall Street to the West Wing."
Just as Francis Fukuyama was wrong about history, this book of geopolitical wonkery has it, so all our assumptions about globalization are mistaken—and, perhaps worse, woefully out of date. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Solid economic reportage. Investors who remember the events of 30 years ago will blanch all over again, especially at the author's suggestion that worse may be yet to come."
Financial journalist Henriques (The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, 2011, etc.) turns her gaze on the catastrophic Wall Street collapse of 1987, "the contagious crisis that the system nearly didn't survive." Read full book review >

THANKS, OBAMA by David  Litt
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"President Obama's running question to Litt was, 'so, are we funny?' Yes, they are—and insightful, too."
President Barack Obama's speechwriter offers his take on an extraordinary tenure inside the White House. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A breath of hope but also a serious call to action: everyone needs to take part."
A trio of acclaimed political scholars and journalists do their best to encourage those bemoaning the path of America's government. Read full book review >
ORDERS TO KILL by Amy Knight
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A vivid, chilling portrait of a Russia grown 'scary and unpredictable.'"
A scathing indictment of Vladimir Putin's "police state" that offers compelling evidence of his absolute suppression of any opposition or exposure of the state's corruption. Read full book review >
THE TRADE by Jere Van Dyk
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Anyone with an interest in the geopolitics of the global war on terrorism will find value in this account."
A former hostage of the Taliban continues the story begun with Captive (2010), digging deeper into the circumstances of his kidnapping. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"As sharp and insightful as one would expect from this acclaimed author."
Essays focused on an overarching question: "What is race (other than genetic imagination), and why does it matter?" Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike, offering no likely path beyond decline and fall."
If you're American and want to rule the world, get to work immediately. By McCoy's (History/Univ. of Wisconsin; Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State, 2009, etc.) reckoning, you've only got a few years left. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN COUNTRY by Paisley Rekdal
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A poignant, relevant synthesis of cultural studies and true-crime drama."
A compact, thoughtful debut addressing violence, immigrant identity, and the long shadow of the Vietnam War. 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 >