Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

TANGO LESSONS by Meghan Flaherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A vibrantly intelligent reading pleasure."
An essayist's debut memoir of how a passion for tango dancing transformed her life. Read full book review >
FARE THEE WELL by Joel Selvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"For Deadheads, sure, but also rock fans who may wonder where the road led after Jerry died."
What happened after the long, strange trip ended—and then continued. Read full book review >

JIM BROWN by Dave Zirin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A truly rounded, fully fleshed portrait of a significant 20th-century figure."
One of the greatest—and most controversial—athletes of all time gets a well-balanced biographical and historical treatment. Read full book review >
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A sometimes-gritty, sometimes-charming memoir that pays tribute to the American recording industry."
A memoir detailing the 1966 founding of Sire Records and the author's journey through six decades in the music industry discovering talent like the Talking Heads, the Ramones, Madonna, and many others. Read full book review >
FAMOUS FATHER GIRL by Jamie Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of a spirited, and troubled, family."
The challenges of living with a flamboyant, self-centered, and brilliant father. Read full book review >

ROOM TO DREAM by David J. Lynch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Although an awkward read, the book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come."
It takes a tag-team effort to tell this ambitious life of the enigmatic filmmaker and artist. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A deeply forensic investigation of the depth of corruption within FIFA and its regional bodies that also shows how much work goes into high-level criminal investigations."
Investigating and prosecuting corruption in the world's most popular sport. Read full book review >
AND THEN WE DANCED by Henry Alford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A standout in the monograph memoir subgenre, where subject guide meets personal essay."
A humorist unites a neophyte's history of modern dance with his own unlikely dance memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A charming look at a cherished American show."
A cartoon pioneer walks us down his Memory Lane. Read full book review >
GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER by Violet Ramis Stiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A touching homage to a beloved father and a sufficiently amusing tribute to a comedy legend, but it's less compelling as a memoir."
The daughter of legendary filmmaker Harold Ramis (1944-2014) chronicles her wild Hollywood upbringing and close relationship with her father. Read full book review >
LONG PLAYERS by Peter Coviello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A diary of devastation too good not to share."
A heartfelt and hyperliterate take on love as a mixtape. Read full book review >
MOTHER AMERICAN NIGHT by John Perry Barlow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A yarn to read, with pleasure, alongside Ringolevio and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."
Wondrous tales of the hippie highway by Grateful Dead lyricist and internet pioneer Barlow. 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 >