Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
THE STATE OF PLAY by Daniel Goldberg
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A consistently engaging and insightful reckoning with the serious implications of the ascendant entertainment medium of the 21st century."
What video games mean and why they matter. Read full book review >
DIFFERENT EVERY TIME by Marcus O'Dair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A light, admiring, illuminating text that will appeal to groupies, general readers, and most others in between."
A British music journalist (Guardian, Jazzwise, and others) debuts with an account of the troubled but richly musical life of the legendary drummer, composer, and lyricist—now 70—who has blended jazz, rock, and many other influences into works that both startle and entertain. Read full book review >
THE WIND IN THE REEDS by Wendell Pierce
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An affecting account of a driven man, a sturdy family, and a resilient community."
A star of The Wire and Treme debuts with the twin stories of his rising career and the slow return of his native New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.Read full book review >
GODDESS OF LOVE INCARNATE by Leslie Zemeckis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The book is well-written and loaded with photos but tends to be repetitive—for which the author receives only partial blame: St. Cyr's life was one gig, one man, and one marriage/divorce after another."
Zemeckis (Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America, 2013) chronicles the life of Lili St. Cyr (1918-1999), by all accounts the queen of the strippers. Read full book review >
FEAR AND CLOTHING by Cintra Wilson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Prime sartorial satire for fashionistas aching for a dose of comic relief. Few write as bitingly about pop culture as Wilson."
Irreverent, outspoken culture critic Wilson (Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny, 2008, etc.) charts the "discovery of my own fashion evolution" through an American road trip.Read full book review >
CAN I GO NOW? by Brian Kellow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Kellow, an admirer of Mengers' spunk and achievements, serves her well in this deft, entertaining biography."
The life of the influential Hollywood agent. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >