Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"Those who can't get enough of the details of Jackson's death might relish this account, but those who prefer to appreciate his music should look elsewhere."
A tabloid-style exploration of the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009), particularly the role the singer's personal physician may have played in his demise. Read full book review >

THE WAY OF THE RUNNER by Adharanand Finn
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 2016

"An elegant, well-written pleasure even for readers with no particular interest in foot racing."
Guardian editor and amateur runner Finn marks his second embedded experience with distance racers. Read full book review >
WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC by John Powell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 14, 2016

"A succinct summation of all that has come before, much of which readers will already know before beginning the book."
A buffet of insights and oddities regarding "the psychology of music." Read full book review >
LIVE FAST DIE HOT by Jenny Mollen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An uneven barrage of life stories by turns hilariously candid and self-consciously flippant."
Brazen dispatches on the life-altering effects of childbirth and motherhood on a woman with a stern "reluctance to be a responsible adult." Read full book review >

THE BUTLER'S CHILD by Lewis M. Steel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An articulate, emotionally moving chronicle of a life informed by racial unrest and elevated with dutiful humanitarianism."
A white man borne of privilege dedicates his life to the defense of civil rights. Read full book review >
HUSTLING HITLER by Walter Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An intermittently interesting look at a character who was undoubtedly raw material for Ring Lardner and Damon Runyon. "
The tale of Freeman Bernstein, a Broadway grifter who scammed Nazi officials on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
BUT WHAT IF WE'RE WRONG? by Chuck Klosterman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Replete with lots of nifty, whimsical footnotes, this clever, speculative book challenges our beliefs with jocularity and perspicacity."
An inquiry into why we'll probably be wrong about almost everything. Read full book review >
NEVER A DULL MOMENT by David Hepworth
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 2016

"An exuberant tour through a pivotal year in the development of popular music and culture."
The longtime music journalist and founder of Mojo and Q delivers a month-by-month breakdown of the year that changed pop music history. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE CHAMP by Tim Shanahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"If you're wondering why Ali is called 'The Greatest,' this unchallenging but pleasant memoir makes for a good place to start."
An affectionate portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Read full book review >
MAGIC AND LOSS by Virginia Heffernan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 2016

"A thoroughly engrossing examination of the Internet's past, present, and future."
New York Times Magazine writer Heffernan considers the mighty Internet in all its terrible beauty and power. Read full book review >
BLACK MAN, WHITE HOUSE by D.L. Hughley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Funny, insightful, and legitimately illuminating."
The Obama years, through a glass cleverly. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >