Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

LISTENING TO STONE by Hayden Herrera
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although reticent about putting forth her own insights about her subject's mind and heart, Herrera gives readers an ample, thorough analysis of his estimable art."
A comprehensive biography of a sculptor of stone and space. Read full book review >
ORSON WELLES'S LAST MOVIE by Josh Karp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Luckily, there's nothing unfinished in Karp's retelling. He follows every story, dollar and last legal battle in full detail. Whether the film sees a 2015 release on the anniversary of Welles' birth, as was speculated as of late last year, we at least have Karp to thank for the next best thing."
What became of The Other Side of the Wind, that crazy movie that took up the last 15 years of the life of Orson Welles (1915-1985)?Read full book review >

MAN IN PROFILE by Thomas Kunkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Kunkel cannot solve the mystery, but he offers a finely delineated portrait of the man."
The strange trajectory of one writer's career. Read full book review >
MONOLOGUE by Jon Macks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"A book that seems to have been written because a writer has to do something after his regular gig of two decades disappears."
The top writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno offers some reflection on late night's influence but mainly shares jokes and anecdotes.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Filled with a life-affirming sincerity that challenges us to put our lives in greater perspective."
A memoir of faith and perseverance after a dramatically life-altering circumstance. Read full book review >

ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART by Richard Goldstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Indispensable for understanding the culture of the '60s and the music that was at its heart."
A memoir by one of the founders of rock criticism, on the era that gave him his vocation and ultimately broke his heart. Read full book review >
THE PROFESSOR IN THE CAGE by Jonathan Gottschall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A personal history of violence that makes Norman Mailer look nuanced by comparison."
An English professor becomes a mixed martial arts cage fighter and then examines the history of human violence to justify the act. Read full book review >
COURSE CORRECTION by Ginny Gilder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A passionate memoir of a woman rower who battled numerous odds in search of becoming the best in her sport."
How one woman overcame numerous obstacles to become an Olympic silver medalist in rowing. Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT ENGLISH by Erin Moore
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 14, 2015

"Although Moore sometimes sees a bit too much significance in the differences, her brisk, self-effacing style is appealing."
An author who grew up in Florida and now lives in London debuts with a breezy, and sometimes-irreverent, disquisition on the significance of certain slang locutions on both sides of the pond. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A mostly engaging mix of World War II history, Greek mythology, endurance training and spiritual self-help that doesn't always cohere."
A book beyond category attempts to engage readers on a number of levels. Read full book review >
BLACK SABBATH by Mick Wall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Another straightforward, solid hard rock bio from Wall."
A raucous biography of the legendary heavy metal band infamous for their offstage behavior. Read full book review >
BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Compellingly introspective and revealing, despite the tendency toward overwriting."
Solidly literate but gushy memoir from the actress known for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >