Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

HELP! by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art."
A convincing case that some of the greatest music in history was not the work of one brilliant mind but rather a result of the commingling of ideas that happens when two complementary artists team up. Read full book review >
JOHNNY CASH by Alan Light
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A treat for the Man in Black's many fans."
A profusely illustrated volume documents a celebrated performer's struggles and hard-won triumphs. Read full book review >

THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE by Busy Philipps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Ultimately, the book is a page-turner, albeit one in which the need for the readers' approval is felt on nearly every page."
A highly candid, tell-all memoir from the cult-favorite actress. Read full book review >
THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"There's little that dedicated Kobe fans don't already know, but the book is a visually beautiful presentation that would make an ideal gift for the Lakers fan in the house."
The future NBA Hall of Famer explores his process and craft. Read full book review >
I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU by Kelsey Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Nostalgic and affectionate, with plenty of dish; just the thing for fans of the show."
Lifestyle journalist Miller (Big Girl: How I Gave up Dieting and Got a Life, 2016) goes behind the scenes of Friends. Read full book review >

BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF by Michael Caine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Warm recollections and practical advice from an acclaimed star."
An actor's secrets for success include showing up on time. Read full book review >
THE LAST PASS by Gary M. Pomerantz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A moving, maddening look at a storied partnership that might have been a beautiful friendship as well."
Journalist and historian Pomerantz (Writing and Reporting/Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism; Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now, 2013, etc.) delivers a sturdy work at the intersection of sports history and race relations. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A vivid, electric tale certain to evoke nostalgia for underground veterans and spark interest for newcomers. A good complement to Will Hermes' Love Goes to Buildings on Fire."
A glimpse into one of New York City's greatest underground cultural epochs. Read full book review >
THE KIDS IN THE HALL by Paul Myers
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A terrific account of a truly unique sensation, best accompanied by pulling up corresponding sketches on YouTube."
The inside story of one of the most groundbreaking and influential comedy troupes from the golden age of MTV. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Nevala-Lee's warts-and-all look is a welcome contribution to the study of popular literature."
A laser-sharp study of science fiction's golden age, the product of a small circle of writers and their guiding editor. Read full book review >
GMORNING, GNIGHT! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Inspiring as the affirmations can be, the book is ultimately less than the sum of its parts."
A collection of affirmations selected from the author's daily tweets. Read full book review >
THANKS A LOT MR. KIBBLEWHITE by Roger Daltrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Unaffected, lucid, and entertaining: One of the best rock memoirs in recent memory."
The lead singer of The Who tells all—sometimes laconically, sometimes archly, but always unflinchingly. 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 >