Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

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 >
A CARLIN HOME COMPANION by Kelly Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A funny, honest, and compassionate account of growing up with a master of comedy."
George Carlin's daughter offers an intimate look at her life growing up with a comedy legend. Read full book review >
GAMELIFE by Michael W. Clune
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ultimately, Clune remains unconvinced and unrepentant, offering his rebuttal in this provocative book."
A memoir about coming of age with video games, in which the author finds a reality more real than the outside world. Read full book review >
LOS LOBOS by Chris Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A useful cultural history that is sure to please fans and musicologists."
The first "critical history" of Los Lobos. Read full book review >
NEVER BROKEN by Jewel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A moving musical essay that should strike all the right notes with a wide selection of readers."
A multiplatinum recording artist chronicles her life so far. Read full book review >
CAT IS ART SPELLED WRONG by Caroline Casey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Cat lovers will adore these creative reflections on the frivolity and the necessity of pets and the Web videos many believe to be 'the ice cream of moving imagery.'"
A collection of essays centered on the ubiquitous viral cat videos on the Internet. Read full book review >
YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL by Kunal Nayyar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Nice guy; nice book."
An amiable collection of reminiscences by the Indian actor about girls, school, jobs, family, and acting. 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 >