Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A little harsh here, a little overstated there, but all in all a fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race."
Is flimflammery, like jazz, a pure product of America? So wonders New Yorker poetry editor Young (Blues Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, 2016, etc.), adding another Americanism to the mix: Jim Crow. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT "WHOM" by Emmy J.  Favilla
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lighthearted take on communicating in the digital age."
An irreverent grammar guru advises, "follow your heart." Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For fans of the stage, this is a pleasant peek behind the scenes during a transformative period of British theater history."
A celebrated director shares his memories from his years as the head of one of the world's most famous theater companies. Read full book review >
DRAGON AT THE EDGE OF A FLAT WORLD by Joseph  Keckler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An intermittently engaging scenester's account from the city that never sleeps."
A category-defying publishing debut by a category-defying singer. Read full book review >
THE WRITTEN WORLD by Martin  Puchner
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lucid entertainment for the humanists in the audience."
The world is shaped by books, and human history by texts sacred and profane: so this thoughtful treatise by the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature. Read full book review >

EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS by Mary Lou Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A solid if conventional biography that doesn't go deep enough into the man behind the brand."
The life of the one-and-only Kinky Friedman (b. 1944). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An aggressively researched toy story on the 'doll-eat-doll world of litigation over inspiration.'"
Exploring the little-known battle for the Barbie doll empire. Read full book review >
THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US by Hanif  Abdurraqib
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Erudite writing from an author struggling to find meaning through music."
An Ohio-based poet, columnist, and music critic takes the pulse of the nation while absorbing some of today's most eclectic beats. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The book is not without flaws, but Gray effectively shows how The Graduate, despite ignoring the flashpoint issues of the day, worked as a subversive force in a period about to reassess its cinematic and cultural conventions."
A Hollywood industry insider unspools an absorbing, sometimes-uneven analysis of a film classic on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >
GIRL LOGIC by Iliza  Shlesinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An amusing stand-up bit buckles under the weight of a book-length treatment."
A successful comedian tries to square gender stereotypes with the realities of how women really live. Read full book review >
A BODY OF WORK by David  Hallberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A moving if scattershot account of every dancer's worst nightmare and the sacrifices required to overcome it."
A brilliant dancer chronicles his success at two of the world's major ballet companies and the injury that almost cost him his career. 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 >