Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

IN THEIR LIVES by Andrew Blauner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 23, 2017

"A charming, delightful collection for Beatles fans and music fans in general."
What's your favorite Beatles song? Read full book review >
BERLIN CALLING by Paul Hockenos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"The author's loyalty and love for Berlin are evident and may well be contagious, but he is short on analysis and insight."
An introduction to the countercultures of Berlin. Read full book review >

THE LONG RUN by Catriona Menzies-Pike
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"An authentic account of surviving devastating loss through the art of running."
A memoir of running, endurance, and overcoming grief. Read full book review >
TOUCHED BY GOD by Daniel Arcucci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"Not a great book but great fun for soccer fans."
One of soccer's greatest—and most controversial—all-time players reflects on his life and career. Read full book review >
IRON AMBITION by Mike Tyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A belated but welcome homage to a boxing legend who died shortly before Tyson's career took off. Fans of the sweet science will want to have a look."
The boxing champion, infamous for biting and beating, reveals his soft side in this memoir of his longtime mentor and trainer. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >
VULGAR TONGUES by Max Décharné
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"Bawdy and jive, well-researched but underanalyzed."
From 17th-century cant to modern-day music slang, an erudite miscellany that tracks centuries of playful mutations endured by the English language. Read full book review >
WATCHING PORN by Lynsey  G.
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An intelligent, provocative, and indulgent insider's view of the contemporary porn industry."
An accidental porn journalist reflects on her role mining the sex and politics of the adult film industry. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD by Danny Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"No substitute for more serious histories of the era but a genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age."
A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love. Read full book review >
ULTIMATE GLORY by David Gessner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Not quite deserving of a spot alongside Plimpton and Angell but a pleasing glimpse into one corner of countercultural jockdom."
An anecdotal tour of a sport that has only been around for a few decades but that claims legions of adherents. Read full book review >
I CAN'T MAKE THIS UP by Kevin  Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The book could have been trimmed by about 50 pages, but Hart is a genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy."
The popular comedian debuts with "the stories behind the jokes, and a few lessons…about life, success, parenting, and relationships." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A dazzling, richly researched story impeccably told."
A masterful tale of music, social, and economic history. 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 >