Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ANGER IS AN ENERGY by John Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2015

"A lucid, literate pleasure."
Alternately musical bomb-thrower and contemplator Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, looks back on a long life of pot-stirring and piss-taking. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 28, 2015

"The book would have benefitted from a stronger edit, for length as well as overwriting, but the story is worth telling."
A sweeping saga of baseball during World War II: of the players who enlisted and fought overseas, of the ones who replaced them and of the significant changes in the culture. Read full book review >

THE COLONEL AND HUG by Steve Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"A top-notch sports biography."
Many baseball fans think it was Babe Ruth who elevated the fledgling (and flagging) New York Yankees team. In this authoritative new work, Steinberg and Spatz (1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, 2010) shine a light on the indispensable contributions of two behind-the-scenes magicians.Read full book review >
SO MANY ROADS by David Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"One of the better books on the band and welcome reading in this 50th anniversary year."
Righteous testimonial to the anarchic goodness that was the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2015

"Baseball fanatics will love this illumination of the sport's colorful past."
In his first book, artist and writer Cieradkowski combines a passion for the sport (nurtured by his late father, who he says inspired this project) with his credentials as a graphic designer, where his credits include the graphics at the Baltimore Orioles' Camden Yards. Read full book review >

BROADCAST HYSTERIA by A. Brad Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An entertaining assessment of a watershed moment in American life and its lasting effect on popular culture."
A skeptical look at the panic that might have been. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intelligent mix of research and pop culture, Caulfield's analysis of celebrity trends gets to the heart of America's obsession with the fame monster."
Caulfield (Health Law and Policy/Univ. of Alberta; The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness, 2012) dispels the myths of celebrity-endorsed products and the cult of fame that they sell.Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2015

"Snarky history and piquant criticism as delivered by the smartass in the back of the classroom."
A charmingly random omnibus from a wisecracking know-it-all. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Die-hard Deadheads will be curious though not richly rewarded for their troubles."
"[Jerry] Garcia got Captain Trips. I got Bill the Drummer." Read full book review >
BENCHWARMER by Josh Wilker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"This almanac of fatherhood (and other failures) is honest, relatable and humorous—an indispensable read for fathers (and sons) whose joy in life comes not from winning the big game but being alive to witness the beauty of its happening."
A sports-obsessed memoir of fatherhood. Read full book review >
IT'S A LONG STORY by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Amiable but with an edge, and good reading for Nelson's legion of followers."
The beloved outlaw country icon rolls a fat one for his fans and sits down on the porch to spin a few yarns. Read full book review >
WHEN THE BALLS DROP by Brad Garrett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Garrett's celebrity status and comic take on the second half of life will draw readers in, but his occasionally hateful diatribes might put some of them off."
A clarion call to men pushing 50 from "an optimistic pessimist." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >