Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

MARILYN MONROE by Charles Casillo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A compelling exploration of a beguiling film icon's life—a significant if not quite definitive addition to the ever expanding Monroe literature.
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A deep dive into the model and screen legend's glamorous but troubled life. Read full book review >
CHOPIN'S PIANO by Paul Kildea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A deeply researched, gracefully told music history."
The destiny of one piano reveals changing attitudes about romantic music. Read full book review >

PLAYING CHANGES by Nate Chinen
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"As this illuminating book shows, jazz still has a lot to say about the world—and a lot of eloquent artists ready to say it."
A music critic assesses the current state of jazz. Read full book review >
AMATEUR by Thomas Page McBee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Provocative and illuminating—a winning follow-up to McBee's acclaimed debut."
A journalist's account of why he decided to train as a boxer and become the first transgender man to fight a cisgender man in Madison Square Garden. Read full book review >
AWAKEN YOUR INNER GOLFER by Jerry  Brown
Released: Aug. 10, 2018

"A thoughtful, holistic approach to improving one's swing."
In this debut guide, former insurance agent Brown teaches readers to rely on feel and instinct to improve their golf game. Read full book review >

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"The book has its moments, but not enough to overcome Ribowsky's flubs and irksome penchant for mockery."
An in-depth look at American football royalty. Read full book review >
MAEVE IN AMERICA by Maeve Higgins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A warmly intelligent and insightful collection."
An Irish comic and writer gathers essays about her experiences living and working in the United States. Read full book review >
NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET by Craig Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An endlessly provocative and deliciously scandalous book for royal watchers."
Sensationalistic snippets from the life of a royal princess. Read full book review >
KING CON by Paul Willetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With the rise of identity theft, celebrity worship, and manipulative social media, this sprightly story of a legendary con artist's outrageous successes becomes a cautionary tale for the digital age."
The absorbing tale of a Jazz Age grifter named Edgar Laplante, who posed as an American Indian and gained extravagant wealth and worldwide fame. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A fun peek into the turbulent life of a 1960s sweetheart.
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The girl from Shakespeare's balcony opens up in a debut memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"The book's title is no hype; this is a startling account of an improbable huckster who made his living promoting a lifesaving device."
A shocking and bizarre history of premature infant care in America. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2018

"A mixed bag but useful for explaining the South to Yankees—and perhaps to some Southerners, too."
A Mississippi native returns to the South to revel in the "typically jarring contradictions" of Dixie. 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 >