Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

STEERING THE CRAFT by Ursula K. Le Guin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A succinct, clear, and encouraging companion for aspiring writers."
Practical writing advice from an acclaimed storyteller. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE BACK ROW by Amy Odell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sharply amusing fashion memoir."
The editor of Cosmopolitan.com dishes on the world of haute couture and its "exclusivity, shameless self-promotion, and extreme ideals of what is and isn't beautiful." Read full book review >

THE BADGER by William Fotheringham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fotheringham draws Hinault to fierce perfection: a workingman born to the bicycle seat, massively successful because he had the grit and no need for better living through chemistry."
Guardian cycling correspondent Fotheringham (Half Man, Half Bike: The Life of Eddy Merckx, Cycling's Greatest Champion, 2013, etc.) recalls the days when bicyclists were bold and doping was second nature. "Leave me in peace; everybody takes dope," said French hero Jacques Anquetil—except the subject of this book, Bernard Hinault (b. 1954), who won five Tour de France titles.Read full book review >
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilson ably and unsparingly portrays the heady, competitive, solipsistic world that celebrated, and ultimately doomed, McQueen."
The astonishing creations and tormented life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). Read full book review >
LOVE BECOMES A FUNERAL PYRE by Mick Wall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Solid overall, as we have come to expect from Wall, though some readers might prefer Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarmen's canonical No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980) for sheer rock-'n'-roll esprit."
In which the Lizard King is revealed to have been human after all. Read full book review >

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS by Adam Lazarus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lazarus' solid, unflashy reporting is celebratory without being worshipful, and his study of what made a winning Washington team click will inspire both nostalgia and yearning among fans."
Hail to the…well, Washington, back in the days when its football team's management made better decisions and its players turned in better results. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A vastly intelligent, comprehensively procured treat for film buffs, gay or otherwise."
Articulate career analyses of five multitalented, openly gay male film directors. Read full book review >
OUT ON THE WIRE by Jessica Abel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A spirited work whose readership should not be limited to those who make radio narrative or love to listen to it."
A richly engaging graphic narrative about radio storytelling and storytelling in general. Read full book review >
BILLION-DOLLAR BALL by Gilbert M. Gaul
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gaul's reporting is unassailable, but watch as his conclusions stir up a furor in the sports press. You don't even have to hate football to find this book valuable—and certainly worth reading."
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gaul (Giant Steps, 1993) follows the money straight into the end zone, locker room, and alumni skybox.Read full book review >
THE FACE THAT CHANGED IT ALL by Beverly Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Johnson remains a fashion pioneer, but her storytelling lacks the wit or polish necessary to make the book a success."
A memoir from the model whom fashion designer Halston once called "the new beauty ‘It Girl.' " Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An illuminating voyage into the heart of Frost's poem and the American spirit."
Unraveling the mystery of a famous poem. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE MACHINE by Megan Prelinger
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Sophisticated in its grasp of science and technological history but also accessible to general readers."
A highly original cultural history of 20th-century technology examined through the lens of commercial art. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >