Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

LIVE CINEMA AND ITS TECHNIQUES by Francis Ford  Coppola
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Technical and prescriptive, this will appeal primarily to hard-core aficionados."
The award-winning film director makes the case for a new kind of cinema. Read full book review >
WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS by Art  Garfunkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"There are many voyages here, some flashes of vision, and plenty of pretense."
The silky voiced singer looks back on his career and life. Read full book review >

DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read full book review >
JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >

THE ENCORE by Charity  Tillemann-Dick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An uplifting story of overcoming significant odds to fulfill a dream."
A renowned American soprano tells the "personal mythology of [her] opera." Read full book review >
DAVID BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A treasure trove of characterizations and insights bound to entertain any MLB fan."
The longtime Major League Baseball general manager covers the bases in a chatty memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America."
Capturing baseball and its relationship to society in the 1960s on and off the field through the experiences of two teams and their two star pitchers. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Full of interesting information and insight, but nongamers may bog down in the details."
The popular progression of video games as rendered in graphic narrative. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A wild haymaker for the masses, perhaps, but a knockout read for capes-and-cowls aficionados."
A smart, blow-by-blow narrative of the sometimes-friendly, often bitter rivalry between corporate comic-book behemoths. Read full book review >
ALI by Jonathan Eig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exemplary life of an exemplary man who, despite a few missteps, deserves to be remembered long into the future."
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), the recently departed, self-styled greatest, gets an appropriately outsized—and first-rate—biography. 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 >