Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BEALE STREET DYNASTY by Preston Lauterbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2015

"Beale Street is mostly a tourist trap now, but it was a place of 'whorehouses, saloons, and bullet holes' not so long ago. By Lauterbach's illuminating account, the past was more fun—or at least more interesting."
Excellent study of an iconic Southern place and the fraught, violent history behind it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"Tiber squeezes life for all it is worth, ringing out the last quarter of the 20th century with the offbeat, at-times twisted humor of a survivor."
Tiber picks up where he left off in Taking Woodstock (2007) with this memoir of the years thereafter, pivotal ones both for him and the gay community.Read full book review >

BILLIE HOLIDAY by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"As with the best of Holiday's music, this elegant and perceptive study is restrained, nuanced, and masterfully carried out."
Esteemed music scholar Szwed (Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, 2010, etc.) offers a portrait of Lady Day as artist and mythmaker rather than tragic victim.Read full book review >
BETWEEN YOU & ME by Mary Norris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2015

"A funny book for any serious reader."
A New Yorker editor since 1978, Norris provides an educational, entertaining narrative about grammar, spelling and punctuation.Read full book review >
WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC by Philip Glass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2015

"Writing with warmth and candor, Glass portrays himself as driven, self-confident and tenaciously determined to invent his own, radically new musical language."
An engaging memoir of an adventuresome, iconoclastic career. Read full book review >

A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A glamorously bittersweet showbiz memoir."
Award-winning actress Bergen continues the story begun in the best-selling memoir, Knock Wood (1984).Read full book review >
NO SUCH THING AS FAILURE by David Hempleman-Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Solidly entertaining. Always looking for new challenges (perhaps sailing next?), he assures readers that he will 'keep [them] posted' about his adventures to come."
An account of the British adventurer's global travels: hot-air ballooning across the Atlantic, walking across the poles and climbing the highest peaks. Read full book review >
BASEBALL MAVERICK by Steve Kettmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Kettmann has written a worthy biography of a compelling figure, but the author's desire to produce his own version of Moneyball has caused him to overstate his case."
A biography of one of baseball's leading front-office figures. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PARADE by Peter Filichia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 7, 2015

"To call Filichia a devotee of Broadway is an understatement; this book will interest only die-hard fans like himself."
An exuberant look at one year on Broadway. Read full book review >
BILLY MARTIN by Bill Pennington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Baseball (and Yankees) fans will devour this like ballpark popcorn, and all will muse about the many what-ifs of Martin's motley life."
A sympathetic examination of the fiery player and manager Billy Martin (1928-1989), who could dazzle between the lines but whose life outside the stadium was often boozy, libidinous, and rudderless. Read full book review >
WILD BILL WELLMAN by William Wellman, Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A rich, exuberant life, well-captured in this exuberant biography."
A star-studded homage to a prolific director. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Kudos to the author for mostly avoiding her family's 'curse,' but the book, occasionally revelatory, is weighed down by self-discovery platitudes."
Actress-turned-author Hemingway (Mariel's Kitchen, 2009) ponders her life and career in light of her famous family's self-destructive history.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >