Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES by Vanda  Krefft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"An insightful and solidly documented though often ponderous history of the early days of cinema—of primary interest to film scholars."
A biography of the silent film-era producer and theater entrepreneur whose name lives on through the major studio he founded. Read full book review >
WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >

ANYONE WHO'S ANYONE by George  Wayne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"At times fascinating, the interviews offer a casual, unguarded look at some of the most high-profile personalities of the past 30 years."
A career-spanning collection of the writer's celebrity interviews. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S EROICA by James Hamilton-Paterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A valuable guide to one of the most remarkable works of a musical giant whose undeniable genius continues to resonate centuries after his death."
Novelist and nonfiction author Hamilton-Paterson (Blackbird: The Story of the Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane, 2017, etc.) delves into the cultural and historical impact of Beethoven's groundbreaking third symphony, the "Eroica." Read full book review >
IMPROV NATION by Sam Wasson
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An entertaining book, recommended for aspiring comedians who want to historicize their practice."
An uncensored look at how and why improvisation came to be such a significant art form. Read full book review >

WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED by Gerrick D. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An apt consideration of a raunchy yet vital cultural moment."
An entertaining account of the rise and influence of pioneering "gangsta rap" act Niggaz with Attitude, aka N.W.A. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MYSTERY by Maud Casey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"For Casey, the search is the thing, whether as a writer or reader. This slim but astute volume is an inducement both to read more deeply and to head for ever more unchartered, frozen, mysterious waters."
Not whodunit, but why and how it works. Read full book review >
HERE IS REAL MAGIC by Nate  Staniforth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Magic can be unnecessarily flashy, but this book isn't flashy at all; it's an assured and thoughtful work about finding true 'awe and wonder.'"
A magician conjures up memories, dreams, and reflections on his craft. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A richly detailed investigation of burgeoning creativity in a decade marked by both hope and dread."
In post-World War II America, literature revealed the nation's attitudes about patriotism, race, gender, and ecology. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A mostly informative and insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence."
The story of YouTube and the video platform's vast cultural influence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. 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 >