Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 9)

THE VOICE OF AMERICA by Mitchell Stephens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"An entertaining look at a unique journalist."
The first biography of a largely forgotten journalist, documentary producer, and groundbreaking radio newscaster. Read full book review >
HOUSMAN COUNTRY by Peter Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Delightful, enchanting, and learned."
A jolly good nostalgic walk through Housman country. Read full book review >

I REMEMBER CARAMOOR by Steven Key Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2017

"A slim, ornate, leisurely memoir of the author's time at Caramoor."
Meyers (My Mad Russian, 2015, etc.) tells of his time as a servant at a historic mansion in this memoir. Read full book review >
DOING TIME LIKE A SPY by John Kiriakou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2017

"An irreverent and unsettling footnote to the war on terror."
A maverick spy's season in prison. Read full book review >
HAVE BLACK LIVES EVER MATTERED? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2017

"A collection to rally the believers into action rather than persuade doubters or skeptics."
A series of manifestoes in black and white, without any shades of gray. Read full book review >

THE ALCHEMY OF ILLUMINATED POETRY® by Xianna Michaels
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2017

"A colorfully written guide to entering the 'Inner Sanctum' of one's creativity."
A handbook that aims to help readers discover spiritual truth through unconventional poetry composition. Read full book review >
THE SPIRITUALITY OF AWE by Kirk J.  Schneider
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A cogent plea to neither reject nor embrace technology but to try instead to look beyond it."
A psychologist weighs in on the spiritual potential of computers and social media. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A helpful and well-researched plan for improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and avoiding disease triggers."
In this guide to holistically handling psoriasis and arthritis, the author provides keys to healing and wellness through nutrition. Read full book review >
THE GRIM SLEEPER by Christine Pelisek
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"True-crime fans will greatly appreciate Pelisek's detail and determination, but some will find the minutiae overwhelming."
It took 30 years for justice to catch up with the serial killer dubbed "The Grim Sleeper" by LA Weekly, where crime reporter Pelisek (now at People) covered the story. In her first book, she follows the case from her first article in 2008 to its final day in court in 2016. Read full book review >
THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM by Edward Luce
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Learned and well-considered, but if indeed Western liberal values are in danger of extinction, readers may seek more urgency."
Trump, Putin, Kim, Xi: given the current lineup, can the ideals of the Enlightenment endure? Read full book review >
YOUNG RADICALS by Jeremy  McCarter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A brisk pace and sympathetic portraits make for an entertaining, well-researched history of a decade marked by ebullience, hope, and pain."
In the decade before World War I, five rebellious Americans took up the cause of socialism, progressivism, and women's suffrage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A beautifully impressionistic exploration of shared cultural understanding despite the narrowing of borders."
One of Palestine's most respected writers reflects on 50 years of Israeli occupation and riven friendships. 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 >