Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 7)

YOUR CROCODILE HAS ARRIVED by Laurie McAndish King
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 30, 2017

"This enjoyable book comes alive with descriptions of everything from a giant earthworm to tantalizing soup dumplings."
A writer continues her search for the offbeat in food and nature. Read full book review >
SHARK DRUNK by Morten Strøksnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2017

"Whether the author is opining on mass extinctions, the importance of plankton, the history of lighthouses, or the epicurean treat of boiled cod tongues, readers will happily devour this smorgasbord of delights."
Accomplished Norwegian historian, journalist, and photographer Strøksnes invites readers into the fantastical ocean environment of his quest to capture a Greenland shark. Read full book review >

NATURE by Jeff Mitchell
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2017

"A bold and persuasive alternative to contemporary evolutionary theory."
An author presents a revision of neo-Darwinian evolution and a new understanding of human life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2017

"A deeply thoughtful book about business management today and the nature of thought itself."
A discussion of the Western obsession with rational deduction and its stranglehold on the business world. Read full book review >
THE RAQQA DIARIES by Samer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2017

"A moving, urgent work of political awareness."
A rare, terrifying glimpse inside the Islamic State group (referred to here as Daesh) by a young hounded Syrian student. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
OFF THE CLIFF by Becky Aikman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"For fans of the iconic film, Aikman provides everything you wanted to know about it and then some."
The hidden story of Thelma & Louise. Read full book review >
OPERATION YELLOW STAR / BLACK THURSDAY by Maurice  Rajsfus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A heartfelt, timely plea to remember past atrocities."
An unsparing indictment of Paris police during the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"An overlong but well-researched history that shows how the War of 1812 created America's final separation from England."
Randall (Emeritus, History/Champlain Coll.; Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 2014, etc.) elaborates on the war that shouldn't have been fought and that no one won or lost. Read full book review >
CHIEF ENGINEER by Erica Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A sturdy, illuminating biography."
A biography of the man who helped design and build one of the most iconic bridges in America. Read full book review >
SWEET SPOT by Amy  Ettinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"Best consumed in small portions, Ettinger's book will be a vicarious treat for fellow addicts."
Essayist Ettinger's affection for ice cream takes her across the country in a search for variations on her favorite food. Read full book review >
DRUNKS by Christopher M. Finan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy treatment of recovery movements in American history, unsung heroes and all."
An appropriately harrowing account of booze and its discontents. 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 >