Current Affairs Book Reviews

ORDERS TO KILL by Amy Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 BROKEN COUNTRY by Paisley Rekdal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A galvanizing forecast of global warming's endgame and a powerful indictment of America's current stance."
A well-researched and grim exploration of the connections between climate change and the political hostility toward the refugees it creates. Read full book review >
RANGER GAMES by Ben  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lighthearted romp à la Ocean's Eleven it's not, but Blum's well-wrought account suggests that any crime is possible so long as it's made out to be a game."
A vigorous, empathetic chronicle of a crime foretold—or at least engendered, possibly, on a boot camp drill field. Read full book review >
ANOTHER FINE MESS by Helen Epstein
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sizzling indictment of Uganda's current strongman and of the American policy in Africa that supports his corrupt regime with generous foreign aid."
A valiant attempt to disentangle the many threads snarled in the continuing African tragedy. Read full book review >

THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren  Markham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey (2006)."
Markham relies on her roles as a journalist and a worker in the realm of refugee resettlement and immigrant education to craft a powerful narrative about an experience that plays out every day in the United States. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Lively and well-grounded, offering good measures by which to judge our best and worst presidents and their methods of governing."
"Few leaders are impeached or assassinated; most die from a thousand cuts": an illuminating look at the highest office in the land and its occupants. Read full book review >
NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A brief but poignant work of memoir and history."
In a posthumous publication, the eminent former Israeli leader delivers a heartfelt appeal to the best in the Israeli Jewish character. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lucid and provocative look at the geopolitics of energy and the shifts and dislocations it is likely to produce."
Remember when the world was running out of oil? The good news is that energy is abundant, at least for the time being. As for the bad news…. Read full book review >
UNBELIEVABLE by Katy Tur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful account of covering what the author rightly calls 'the most unlikely, exciting, ugly, trying, and all-around bizarre campaign in American history.'"
One of Donald Trump's favorite media targets tells how she attained that distinction in this spry look at the 2016 campaign. Read full book review >
TALES OF TWO AMERICAS by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
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A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning."
An argument for why higher education requires radical change to prepare students for an unpredictable future. 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 >