Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Readers who grew up on Lindgren's stories will find this excellent book irresistible—and often surprising."
Insightful, elegantly written biography of the beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, a complex woman of parts. Read full book review >

BIG DEAL by Kevin Winkler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"Thorough research combines with deep affection and admiration to create a clear analysis and tribute."
A former professional dancer and New York Public Library archivist and curator enlists the services of both experiences to describe and analyze the career of Bob Fosse (1927-1987), the legendary dancer, choreographer, and director. Read full book review >
12 ROUNDS IN LO'S GYM by Todd D. Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling—to say nothing of a good right hook—to make real change."
Spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails. Read full book review >
THE KEVIN SHOW by Mary Pilon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Grippingly provocative reading."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of one man's struggle with a rare form of bipolar disorder called the Truman Show delusion. Read full book review >

Released: March 6, 2018

"Gordon makes a convincing case that if music can't exactly save us, it can tell us who we are."
The acclaimed music chronicler tells the story of Memphis through its songs. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A sobering look at the realities of the pursuit of big-time sporting opportunities."
Exploring the fine line between opportunity and exploitation in the world of African youth soccer. Read full book review >
ASTRAL WEEKS by Ryan H. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A patchy work of pop history that tells more than it shows."
A chaotic cultural chronicle of a great city during a pivotal year. Read full book review >
STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A powerful debut that will resonate especially with readers who have loved and lost someone to addiction."
A penetrating story about the author's experience witnessing addiction claim her brother's life. Read full book review >
3 KINGS by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A wide-ranging survey of the first four decades of hip-hop that vividly brings some of the culture's biggest success stories into one place."
A reported history of the business and businesses of hip-hop. Read full book review >
WE MATTER by Etan Thomas
Released: March 6, 2018

"Voices of pain, anger, and hope resound through these pages—and through the reader's heart."
A former NBA player and current activist and MSNBC commentator returns with a collection of dozens of interviews on the subject of race in America—all supporting the efforts of athletes to speak out and up. 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 >