Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

CRAVINGS by Judy Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A compelling read for fans of Collins and/or those confronting their own addictive behavior."
The famed recording artist recalls her past struggles with overeating and alcoholism. Read full book review >
ILLUSION OF JUSTICE by Jerome F.  Buting
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A fantastic look behind the scenes of the U.S. justice system."
A defense attorney from the trial made famous in Making a Murderer tells his story. Read full book review >

THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE by Marcia Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The light and the dark fight it out in this fierce, fiery memoir."
Can music save a person's life? Read full book review >
HIGH NOON by Glenn Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A comprehensive guide to both a classic film and the era that created it."
Courage under the gun, in both art and life. Read full book review >
TRUMP'S AMERICA by Scott Dikkers
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Sure to appeal to Onion fans and anyone unhappy with our current president."
A founding editor of the Onion provides a satirical guide to surviving Donald Trump's America. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A thoroughly researched and frequently enlightening but somewhat ponderous tribute to a beloved classic."
A film scholar explores the legendary history and lasting appeal of Casablanca (1942). Read full book review >
IDENTITY UNKNOWN by Donna Seaman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Seaman's frequent thesaurus-leaning renders her portraits overpainted, but despite its awkward turns, this is a decidedly important and long-overdue showcase (two 16-page color inserts)."
Vital portraits of forgotten women artists that aim to celebrate their lives and work and to establish their permanent standing within the canon of contemporary art. Read full book review >
BAD SINGER by Tim Falconer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A spirited, even adventurous look at the mysteries of how the human brain perceives and processes sound—and even, on occasion, manages to make beautiful music."
"I'm a bad singer. And deep down, it matters." Falling down a rabbit hole in B-minor, Canadian science writer Falconer (Magazine Journalism/Ryerson Univ.; That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and the End-of-Life Care, 2009, etc.) explores all that bad singing entails. Read full book review >
STUDIO GRACE by Eric Siblin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Engaging look at the seductions of late-in-life creativity and a cleareyed account of the strange state of today's music industry."
Affectionate memoir of a second-career songwriter finally making a record, alongside a cast of music-scene lifers. Read full book review >
FIELD RECORDINGS FROM THE INSIDE by Joe Bonomo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A largely unfocused and insular journey through Bonomo's experiences with pop music."
An unconventional investigation into the ways in which music influences our lives. Read full book review >
INSTRUMENTAL by James Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A powerful story of day-to-day survival, struggle, triumph, and hope."
A noted classical pianist revisits the horrors of the abuse and rape he experienced as a little boy and rehearses the enduring effects on his life, loves, and music. Read full book review >
THE MEN IN MY LIFE by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A forthright memoir of pain and aspirations enlivened by sharp portraits of a host of colorful celebrities."
The theater world of the 1950s forms the backdrop for a star-studded memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >