Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

TANGO LESSONS by Meghan Flaherty
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
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 >

UNBEATEN by Mike Stanton
Released: June 26, 2018

"A sturdy contribution to the literature of the sweet science, reminding readers of a bygone era of fighting."
"I will beat Joe Louis and I will beat any fighter I ever fight": a satisfying biography of the iconic boxer, the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated. Read full book review >
WHAT TO READ AND WHY by Francine Prose
Released: July 3, 2018

"As Prose implores: 'Drop everything. Start reading. Now.'"
An unabashed fan of reading recommends some of her favorite books. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"More than a footnote to the rise and fall of one of the last great rock bands."
When did the Clash quit being "the only band that matters"? Read full book review >

VERDI by John Suchet
Released: July 3, 2018

"Once again, Suchet hits his mark."
A compact, sumptuously illustrated, insightful biography of the Italian composer. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"Golfers and golf-o-philes will gobble this down and no doubt ignore the repetitiveness that may dissuade other readers."
The author of A Course Called Ireland (2009) returns with an account of his recent travels around Scotland, where he played more than 100 courses in 57 days. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"At turns critical and poignant, a thoroughly researched exploration of the ultimate price tag for the end of the 1960s."
A historical retrospective on the dark side of the Summer of Love and the end of an era. Read full book review >
WANNA BET? by Artie Lange
Released: July 17, 2018

"These books will keep going as well, as long as there's a market for them."
A third volume of memoir from the street-wise, no-filter comedian, assisted again by Bozza. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2018

"A penetrating probe into one of the most intriguing and misunderstood sporting stories of our time."
A fascinating investigation into the role of football in American Samoan culture and the role of Samoans in American football. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2018

"A mixed bag but useful for explaining the South to Yankees—and perhaps to some Southerners, too."
A Mississippi native returns to the South to revel in the "typically jarring contradictions" of Dixie. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2018

"Wickedly smart, funny, and witty."
A gay stand-up comedian considers his life through personal essays that also ruminate on problems and paradoxes of modern American culture. 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 >