Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2725)

Released: Aug. 6, 1943

Once again Winston Churchill proves that the power of his words lies in the spirit of the man behind the words, and that they read as well as they sound — a second time as well as a first. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 27, 1942

"Not as tight writing as Steinbeck usually does — but good reading."
Call it a propaganda film — made to order for the U. S. Army Air Forces — and sold (for the Aid Society Trust Fund) at a phenomenal figure. Read full book review >

DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD by Zora Neale Hurston
Released: Nov. 4, 1942

"A different kind of a book, absorbing, human, entertaining, with occasional strong flavor."
A refreshing, energetic autobiography of the unusual Negro author who refused to accept an inferiority complex and struggled for a successful career and a positive, constructive life. Read full book review >
UNRELENTING STRUGGLE by Winston S.  Churchill
Released: Oct. 21, 1942

"And always that perfect balance between challenge, realism, drama."
Previous records show that Churchill's books creep slowly on to best seller lists, and stay there a long time. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 1941

"Not likely to add to Steinbeck fans, but will pick up plus market on dual appeal."
Steinbeck might be said to have rescued biology from the laboratory and put it on the layman's reading shelf. Read full book review >

THE MIND OF THE MAKER by Dorothy L. Sayers
Released: Jan. 1, 1941

"A book for thoughtful readers and students."
Abstruse, often paradoxical, but remarkable in many ways is this volume which analyses the metaphor of God as a Creator, using as concrete examples men and women in the field of creative activity, ranging from Shakespeare to Joyce. Read full book review >
STEP BY STEP, 1936-1939 by Winston S.  Churchill
Released: Aug. 25, 1939

"The material comes up to May of the current year."
While England Slept was a best seller. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1938

"Contribution to existing research, but not without popular appeal."
Well told inside facts of the secret societies of Jamaica and Haiti, including Voodoo, by one who has witnessed the many ceremonies and made friends with the members and chiefs of the groups. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A well-told story, crisp with particulars, of the fundamental engagement of a Western family with the lives of ordinary Indians during a pivotal moment in history."
A son strives to understand his father, an iconoclastic Methodist missionary to India during the '20s and '30s. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"She also includes helpful tips for men about how to tender the right moves at the right time, ones that will make both parties happy."
Hormones often upset the body's equilibrium, and Smith is here to bring back the balance. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A biased study of the complicated intersection between faith and reason."
A conservative Christian attempts to put to rest the conflict between religion and science by providing an argument based on Jesus' teachings. Read full book review >
DESPERATION by Lydia  Rychner-Reich
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"Though 70 years have passed since the systematic, inhuman events in this compelling autobiography, it remains incredibly painful to read."
Rychner-Reich's coming-of-age memoir, set during the Nazi occupation of Poland and the Holocaust. 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 >