Current Affairs Book Reviews

SQUEEZED by Alissa Quart
Released: June 26, 2018

"Well-written, wide-ranging, and vital to understanding American life today."
Fighting to stay in the middle class. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"An engaging and inviting study of humanity's long-standing fear of the other."
A philosopher considers Trumpism through the lens of history, classical thought, and a bit of Hamilton. Read full book review >

Released: July 10, 2018

"There have been plenty of books covering similar territory—and there will be many more in the years to come—but rarely are they as persuasive and engaging as this one."
A stirring defense of "identity politics" and the need to reclaim narratives as well as a powerful account of the transformation of a journalist into an activist. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference. Infuriated readers will be heartened by the determined efforts of protesters and investigative reporters."
The story of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Read full book review >
THE DESERT AND THE SEA by Michael Scott Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A deftly constructed and tautly told rejoinder to Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, sympathetic but also sharp-edged."
A harrowing and affecting account of two and a half years of captivity at the hands of Somali pirates. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.
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Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies. Read full book review >
THE FIGHTERS by C.J. Chivers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Given his background, Chivers certainly did not set out to write a book emphasizing the foolishness of American actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that is the story that emerged from his painstaking, courageous reporting, and readers will be thankful for his work."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and former Marine Corps infantry officer Chivers (The Gun, 2010, etc.) offers a chilling account of failed American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq through the searing experiences of six fighters. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"An alarming, important, perhaps even essential book."
A noted authority on the history of American voting returns with a disturbing account of American political leaders who have, since the beginning of the republic, worked to limit the franchise. Read full book review >
MACHETE SQUAD by Brent Dulak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Readers will have a visceral response to the experiences shared by this searing memoir."
A U.S. Army medic cuts to the bone in a graphic memoir that takes full advantage of the form. Read full book review >
HEARTLAND by Sarah Smarsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A potent social and economic message embedded within an affecting memoir."
Journalist Smarsh explores socio-economic class and poverty through an account of her low-income, rural Kansas-based extended family. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A cleareyed, accessible, and informative primer: vital reading for all Americans."
A legal scholar advises presidents to read the Constitution with great care. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PRISON by Shane Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A potent, necessary broadside against incarceration in the U.S., which 'imprisons a higher portion of its population than any country in the world.'"
A penetrating exposé on the cruelty and mind-bending corruption of privately run prisons across the United States, with a focus on the Winn facility in Louisiana. 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 >