Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2722)

Released: Aug. 31, 1956

"And he recognizes- as he turns North-a vast sense of relief at escape from responsibility, from the divisiveness that characterizes the Southerner."
Kentucky born poet, novelist, journalist, Pulitzer prize winner, Robert Penn Warren will be listened to as the average Northerner with comparable acceptance would not. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE ATOM by Isaac Asimov
Released: May 11, 1956

"Plenty to chew on here, all very well explained by a man whose business is science."
To add to the many recent surveys of atoms and their function (see Atoms Today and Tomorrow by Margaret Hyde, The Tenth Wonder by Carleton Pearl, etc.) this is another efficient study which, with Asimov's name, should have its drawing power. Read full book review >

Released: April 23, 1956

"Exciting and revealing reading, this provides the background we need for other reading-fact and fiction, and leaves us with eager anticipation for the volumes to come."
A rare gift for vision, a sense of drama, a genius for the right word, an imaginative sense of people and story are here applied to the beginnings of a great people. Read full book review >
THE COLOR CURTAIN by Richard Wright
Released: March 19, 1956

"A personal approach- this; but a book that needs to be pondered."
Subtitled- A Report on the Bandung Conference — this is a more important book than this would seem to indicate. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1954

"The audience interested in the subject- and their number is growing wants it that way."
This is a sound introduction to bio-chemistry, that infant science that is making a revolution in our understanding of how our bodies function. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 22, 1954

"It may frighten — but it must be accepted as an important if sometimes difficult contribution."
An American Negro reports on the revolution of Africa's Gold Coast. Read full book review >
THE REBEL by Albert Camus
Released: June 15, 1954

"This exploration into nihilism and rebellion in which Camus spins the globe of ideas to point out new and stimulating areas of thought will be appreciated by the literary and intellectual as an expression of contemporary thought in the world of letters on the world at large."
Albert Camus, esteemed author of The Plague, The Stranger, and other works outstanding in the contemporary literary scene, clarifies and expands his philosophy in an essay which is at least as literary as it is philosophical. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 23, 1953

"Heady stuff, with far reaching implications, but only for the patient and thoughtful."
Jean Paul Sartre, like Picasso, has become one of the most important men of his time even though his work is only understood by a select few. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1951

"Ricketts died three years ago and this edition carries a recently written profile tribute by Steinbeck."
This is to announce a re-issue of the beautiful book, originally published in 1941, of an expedition made to the Gulf of California by Ed Ricketts, a biologist, and the novelist. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1951

"Buckley is fond of sweeping generalities, refuting some by citing others; he is also susceptible to personal rather than objective vindictiveness; and while he declares himself to be dedicated to this 'cause'- his material as well as his mission may be suspect to many."
Mr. Buckley's concern in this essay (his own term) is the "net impact of Yale education" and he points out the various ways in which Yale seriously fails its undergraduates- particularly in the lack of a religious attitude and a "recognition of the merits of our economic system". Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1950

"A sure best seller- as well as documentarily important."
Nothing available in advance of finished books (as noted on P. 674) so this report is anticlimactic in view of the extensive reviews already released, which seem collectively to say what we were saying anyhow. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 1950

"While this is not such easy reading as the two earlier volumes, there is an enormous amount of thrilling contemporary history encompassed in this period of victory beginning to seem possible out of disaster and defeat."
Third in the four volume history of the war, and the one most intimately concerned with strategy and Britain's terrific responsibility in carrying on virtual global warfare single handed. 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 >