Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"The author's easy-reading but hard-hitting exposé of a dysfunctional biomedical research system will inform and alarm general readers, and it is sure to stir controversy and arouse ire among those who feel their ox is being gored."
An award-winning science journalist reports that research in the biomedical sciences is too often guilty of wasting time and money and, worse than that, actually slowing scientific progress and misinforming the public. Read full book review >
THE SEX EFFECT by Ross Benes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion."
A witty discussion of the indirect role sex plays across political, economic, religious, and cultural landscapes. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Solid advice for an anxious and angry polity on how to talk about a growing cultural challenge."
An immigration activist confronts the nativist opposition to the nation's changing demography and suggests another way to bridge the yawning cultural divide. Read full book review >
LIFE'S WORK by Willie Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Valuable as both moral testimonial and as a medical memoir and sure to inspire heat as well as light."
"I believe that as an abortion provider I am doing God's work"—a small but insistent red flag waved in the face of an angry political opposition. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A sage, forward-seeing study to be heeded."
A focused delineation of the shifting center of gravity toward Asia and the need for a strenuous Western response without losing global primacy. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"An honest, revealing glimpse of the dangers inherent in acting on good intentions based on ignorance."
A U.S. Marine recounts his experiences in combat leading the first Iraqi Army battalion trained by the American military. Read full book review >
MIGRANT, REFUGEE, SMUGGLER, SAVIOR by Peter Tinti
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sobering reading but of great interest to those seeking context for so many recent headlines."
Advocacy journalism in the service of the refugees, most from Africa and the Middle East, who are now flooding Europe. Read full book review >
Released: March 30, 2017

"A wide-ranging, insightful, and convincing analysis of Mexican-American issues."
A book takes a cultural studies approach to the question of Mexican-American identity. Read full book review >
DEMOCRAZY by Trey Radel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A minor though still worthy entry in the library devoted to the legal sausage-making that goes on in Washington."
In which a right-wing crusader both gets his comeuppance and concludes that maybe Nancy Pelosi et al. aren't so bad after all. Read full book review >
SENSEMAKING by Christian Madsbjerg
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"The author employs jargon, to be sure, but he explains each piece of jargon with admirable clarity."
A business consultant argues for the importance of learning through human interactions rather than always emphasizing computer-generated data. Read full book review >
A COLONY IN A NATION by Chris Hayes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"A timely and impassioned argument for social justice."
Profound contrasts in policing and incarceration reveal disparate Americas. Read full book review >
SEASTEADING by Joe Quirk
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"While the authors' enthusiasm should be taken with more than a grain of salt, they raise ideas worth considering and offer hope for a future when life on land has grown grim."
The founder and communications director of the Seasteading Institute make a case that the survival of the planet depends on moving out from the land onto the sea. 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 >