Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Like the city itself, the book mashes wildly diverse sources into an intriguing and surprising whole."
A Los Angeles native and lion of the city's literary culture gathers writers' impressions of the City of Angels from across several centuries. Read full book review >
HANDEL IN LONDON by Jane Glover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Lush and illuminating—a lovely structure built on a solid foundation of research, expertise, and affection."
How and why the young German musical genius moved to London, where his budding talent blossomed. Read full book review >

NEVER GROW UP by Jackie Chan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"There's plenty of chopsocky goodness here, but Chan also reveals a soulful, thoughtful side—just one you wouldn't want to mess with."
Hong Kong-born Chan (I Am Jackie Chan, 1998), action star and the world's best-known martial artist, outlines his life story in this (mostly) amiable memoir. Read full book review >
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS by Mark Griffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An engrossing and carefully documented account of a beloved film icon's life."
A thoughtful exploration of the career and elusive private life of Rock Hudson (1925-1985). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 3, 2018

"Not entirely convincing but marked by thorough research and a lively narrative."
The careers of eight musicians reveal dramatic changes in American culture. Read full book review >

THE CIRCUIT by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A treat for avid tennis fans."
The Paris Review sports columnist follows a nail-biting tour of men's professional tennis. Read full book review >
BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS by Natalie Babbitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A must for children's literature professionals and aficionados."
The celebrated children's book author and illustrator reflects on writing and reading children's literature from her long, unique perspective. Read full book review >
SMASH! by Ian Winwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A savvy reminiscence of the era when punk finally paid its debt to society."
Straightforward account of the improbably profitable second coming of punk rock. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"An interesting examination of the nature of movements 'half a million strong,' as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young declared."
An academic investigation into the weird, communal nature of rock festivals. Read full book review >
VOICES by Nick Coleman
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Pleasure in music, writes Coleman, 'is arguably the most complicated pleasure there is.' This book proves the truth of that statement."
A music journalist surveys more than a half-century of popular music. Read full book review >
WIT'S END by James Geary
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"'To see clearly, look askance,' Geary advises. He heeds his own advice to entertaining effect."
A playful book that celebrates all forms of wit. Read full book review >
THE PATCH by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A sturdy collection of top-shelf McPhee, with a grab bag of curiosities for fans."
A mix of new and old work from New Yorker staff writer McPhee (Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, 2017, etc.), assembled curiously but with his trademark eye for detail. 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 >