Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
BELIEVE ME by Eddie  Izzard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Izzard's many fans will enjoy his reflections, less outlandish than expected and more rueful than boastful."
The cross-dressing, multilingual comic speaks on matters from "the basic bloke-in-a-dress look" to international affairs. Read full book review >
LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening biography from a trusted source on the topic."
A fresh look at John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, abolitionism, and other related American history. Read full book review >

BLIND SPOT by Teju Cole
by Teju Cole, photographed by Teju Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey."
Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An unsettling exposé of the depth and breadth of the libertarian agenda."
How American democracy is being destroyed by powerful libertarians. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening examination of the many ways money can be made—and disappear."
Can we time the market? No, but this timely book by an investment executive and CNBC contributor gives some idea of how various the triggers for its collapse can be. Read full book review >
TALKING PICTURES by Ann  Hornaday
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"If uninspiring, this is a user-friendly, nonintimidating guide to appreciating movies."
A film critic for the Washington Post offers advice on watching movies. Read full book review >
THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS by David Weigel
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Prog fans will take to this book like Keith Emerson to an upside-down Hammond."
Dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Then came prog rock, as this partial but pleasing account of the love-it-or-hate-it genre chronicles. Read full book review >
HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS by Vanessa Grubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"The book will appeal specifically to those personally affected by kidney disease but should also fascinate anyone interested in the state of health care in the United States."
A nephrologist's memoir of navigating the kidney disease of a loved one. Read full book review >
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Little in this distressing, revealing book portends hope for bridge building, but Mekhennet provides an eye-opening picture."
An unsettling firsthand report on the motivations of jihadis. 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 >