Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

EARNHARDT NATION by Jay Busbee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A smart look at an iconic but not necessarily admirable superstar and at what goes on behind the scenes in big-money sports."
A pit-crew view of a definitively dangerous sport-turned-big business and cultural bellwether. Read full book review >
SO AS I WAS SAYING... by Frank Mankiewicz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A roughly chronological memoir of a life well-lived, full of specific portraits and vivid detail."
Off-the-cuff sketches from a rich, committed life. Read full book review >

INDENTURED by Joe Nocera
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Championship-level reporting on the boundaries of sport and business."
A vigorous indictment of collegiate athletics, a system that enriches everyone except the athletes. Read full book review >
LEONARD by William Shatner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other."
In the original Star Trek series, Mr. Spock's contemplative temperament was balanced by Capt. Kirk's emotive and physical nature. Now it's the captain's turn to reflect. Read full book review >
MASTER OF CEREMONIES by Joel Grey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An honest, eloquent, memorable autobiography."
The diminutive, unforgettable creator of the emcee in Cabaret both on stage and on screen writes frankly of his diverse career, exacting mother, and public embrace of his homosexuality.Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The jump shot created offense, and Fury elevates it to yet higher ground."
Journalist Fury (Keeping the Faith: In the Trenches with College Football's Worst Team, 2005) celebrates basketball's jump shot: its origins, its fundamentals, and its greatest practitioners.Read full book review >
YOU'RE BETTER THAN ME by Bonnie McFarlane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A breezy and entertaining, if ultimately inessential, look at life in comedy."
Comedian McFarlane's long, strange trip to the middle. Read full book review >
MOVIE FREAK by Owen Gleiberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A story of societal change, rich in cultural as well as personal history."
A veteran movie critic for Entertainment Weekly debuts with a chronicle of his love affair with films, his long career at EW (before they laid him off in 2014), and his gnarly love life (until his marriage).Read full book review >
THE CARDINALS WAY by Howard Megdal
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Megdal writes with the easy fluency of a Jim Bouton, delivering a book that's of value to students of business as well as baseball fans."
Revealing look inside the locker room and front office of a storied baseball franchise. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT BET by Adam Kucharski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Kucharski's book, which necessarily oversimplifies an extremely complex subject, is no cure for that ignorance, but gamblers and math buffs alike will enjoy it for its smart approach to real-world problems."
A lucid yet sophisticated look at the mathematics of probability as it's played out on gaming tables, arenas, and fields. Read full book review >
TROUBLE BOYS by Bob Mehr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The dynamic that made the band great also tore them apart, as this biography superbly documents."
An in-depth biography of a beloved, exasperating band that never quite made it. Read full book review >
ABOVE THE LINE by Shirley MacLaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"MacLaine is wickedly honest about moviemaking, sincere and enthusiastic in describing her beliefs, and welcoming in the skepticism of others—it's all refreshing and fun."
The award-winning actress reflects on her latest film and her previous life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >