Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"An unrevealing and inessential showbiz memoir."
An Emmy Award-winning actor recounts his career and how he "went ‘ass backwards' into just about everything—and what a lucky guy I've been." Read full book review >
Karate Science by J.D. Swanson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2017

"An informative guide for those looking to enhance their karate training."
Swanson's debut is a scientific guide to the stances, movements, and techniques of karate. Read full book review >

JUDY AND I by Sid Luft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A revealing look behind the curtain—if not the persona—from the man who helped Garland reclaim the limelight after Hollywood let her down."
Hollywood producer Luft reflects on his relationship with show business legend Judy Garland, whom he married (and managed) during the final great phase of her performing career. Read full book review >
SUPER FREAK by Peter Benjaminson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"For music fans who must read everything about James or who have never read anything about him."
Benjaminson (Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar, 2012, etc.) delivers a matter-of-fact biography of a musician whose extremes—both the highs and the lows—defy belief. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF ILLUSION by Joan Juliet Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overlong but relentlessly candid and often absorbing account of a complex life spent in and out of the fashion spotlight."
The essayist, critic, novelist, and former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue reflects on the triumphs and excesses of her fashionable past. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A pleasing slice of baseball nostalgia that offers relevance to today's game."
The history of a fascinating franchise during professional baseball's colorful 1970s era. Read full book review >
THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA by James Barron
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 7, 2017

"A scintillating foray into 'what makes something collectible, valuable, and enduring.'"
The biography of a very special stamp. Read full book review >
SMOKE SNORT SWALLOW SHOOT by Jacob Hoye
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overwhelmingly sad and consistently vulgar anthology."
Rehashed tales of rock 'n' roll excess prove that even the most powerfully creative voices in music can be tone deaf about drug addiction. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >
WORD BY WORD by Kory Stamper
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Those aficionados who love words and the language or who are big-time Scrabble fans will love this book, while others will feel like they're in over their heads."
Strange words and how to find them. Read full book review >
CHEECH IS NOT MY REAL NAME by Cheech Marin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A mildly diverting, modestly charming memoir from a surprisingly multifaceted showbiz survivor."
The straight dope from Cheech. Read full book review >
PRINTER'S ERROR by Rebecca Romney
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spritely visit to the land of rare books."
The role of printed books in Western civilization recounted in diverting essays that recapitulate some significant events in the annals of bibliomania. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >