Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION by David Bianculli
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Bianculli dutifully identifies the best of contemporary TV and its antecedents, but the book lacks the thrill of surprise or the satisfaction of new insight."
Let's all agree on good TV. Read full book review >
LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >

JUST GETTING STARTED by Tony Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"In the past decade, Bennett has been experiencing a renaissance among listeners. Many of them should be happy to hear how he got to this point."
The nonagenarian singer expresses his gratitude to many of the people who have helped him along the way. Read full book review >
SET THE BOY FREE by Johnny Marr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An upbeat study in musical growth and stardom, though it's lacking in writerly style or Smiths gossip."
The driving force behind the Smiths recalls his path to stardom and what he wore along the way. Read full book review >
THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE TALKING BOOK by Matthew Rubery
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A well-informed but tepid history."
An overview of how the spoken word has been captured on records, tapes, cassettes, and digital devices. Read full book review >

THE REVENGE OF ANALOG by David Sax
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A perky and well-illustrated but repetitive, sometimes-pat look at a discordantly retro cultural trend."
An exploration of millennial fondness for old technologies and its implications for a competitive business landscape. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANTS IN MY BACKYARD by Rajiv Surendra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"One of the more insightful and inspirational of the recent glut of showbiz memoirs."
A young actor loses a great role but finds a wonderful story to share. Read full book review >
BRESSON ON BRESSON by Robert Bresson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A terrific encapsulation of the philosophies and techniques behind the cinematic masterpieces of Robert Bresson, from the man himself."
Reflections of a cinematic grandmaster. Read full book review >
BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike."
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A SONG by Marc Myers
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An entertaining record of the soundtrack of the baby boomer era."
A cultural history of the elusive hit single, focused on artists' recollections and studio alchemy. Read full book review >
PETER O'TOOLE by Robert Sellers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This engrossing biography of an often excruciatingly difficult though uniquely gifted actor should encourage readers to seek out some of O'Toole's many memorable film performances."
The life and career of enigmatic stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >