Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ALICE IN CHAINS by David de Sola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Exhaustively researched but too discursive for its own good."
Biography of a drug-ridden Seattle grunge outfit whose fame peaked in the mid-1990s. Read full book review >
SABAN by Monte Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A positive though often blunt and unpleasant story of a man who has it all yet remains restive."
A staff writer for Forbes expands to full, generally flattering length a profile of Alabama football coach Nick Saban published in that magazine.Read full book review >

YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Day is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell, but a richer work would have made more room for a consideration of the darker aspects of geek culture."
Actress Day, best known for her "geek goddess" roles in such nerd-culture touchstones as the Web series The Guild and various Joss Whedon projects, recounts her unusual upbringing and the neuroses-strewn path that led to her obsessions with fantasy, science fiction, gaming, and online communities.Read full book review >
INTANGIBALL by Lonnie Wheeler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A good book for baseball fans who already know, or think they know, about the specific players named."
Sportswriter Wheeler—co-author of memoirs by Hank Aaron and Mike Piazza, among others—makes the case that baseball statistics should be examined in tandem with the intangibles of a player's character when assembling a winning team. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE MACHINE by Megan Prelinger
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Sophisticated in its grasp of science and technological history but also accessible to general readers."
A highly original cultural history of 20th-century technology examined through the lens of commercial art. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An illuminating voyage into the heart of Frost's poem and the American spirit."
Unraveling the mystery of a famous poem. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A vastly intelligent, comprehensively procured treat for film buffs, gay or otherwise."
Articulate career analyses of five multitalented, openly gay male film directors. Read full book review >
THE FACE THAT CHANGED IT ALL by Beverly Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Johnson remains a fashion pioneer, but her storytelling lacks the wit or polish necessary to make the book a success."
A memoir from the model whom fashion designer Halston once called "the new beauty ‘It Girl.' " Read full book review >
BILLION-DOLLAR BALL by Gilbert M. Gaul
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gaul's reporting is unassailable, but watch as his conclusions stir up a furor in the sports press. You don't even have to hate football to find this book valuable—and certainly worth reading."
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gaul (Giant Steps, 1993) follows the money straight into the end zone, locker room, and alumni skybox.Read full book review >
OUT ON THE WIRE by Jessica Abel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A spirited work whose readership should not be limited to those who make radio narrative or love to listen to it."
A richly engaging graphic narrative about radio storytelling and storytelling in general. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE BACK ROW by Amy Odell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sharply amusing fashion memoir."
The editor of Cosmopolitan.com dishes on the world of haute couture and its "exclusivity, shameless self-promotion, and extreme ideals of what is and isn't beautiful." Read full book review >
THE BADGER by William Fotheringham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fotheringham draws Hinault to fierce perfection: a workingman born to the bicycle seat, massively successful because he had the grit and no need for better living through chemistry."
Guardian cycling correspondent Fotheringham (Half Man, Half Bike: The Life of Eddy Merckx, Cycling's Greatest Champion, 2013, etc.) recalls the days when bicyclists were bold and doping was second nature. "Leave me in peace; everybody takes dope," said French hero Jacques Anquetil—except the subject of this book, Bernard Hinault (b. 1954), who won five Tour de France titles.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >