Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

SPLIT SEASON by Jeff Katz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 19, 2015

"A superior addition to the venerable genre of baseball season accounts."
Most books on a baseball year concentrate on a single legendary team (1927 Yankees, 1954 Giants). Katz, mayor of Cooperstown, New York (The Kansas City A's and the Wrong Half of the Yankees: How the Yankees Controlled Two of the Eight American League Franchises During the 1950s, 2007), gives multiple teams equal time while devoting half of this delightful, opinionated history to the strike that upset everyone but enshrined the free agent system that has produced spectacular salaries for even mediocre players.Read full book review >
YOUR BAND SUCKS by Jon Fine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"'I don't regret a thing,' writes Fine, and neither will readers who live vicariously through the author's eyes and memory."
The short shelf of great books on indie rock adds another—an unlikely memoir about an obscure band that somehow found demand for its reunion in the Internet age. Read full book review >

BIG DATA BASEBALL by Travis Sawchik
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 19, 2015

"Both a comprehensive and a focused look at how computer-recorded data are fundamentally altering America's pastime."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Sawchik debuts with a celebration of the Pirates' recent return to glory with the help of some computer all-stars. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A rich but meandering book that will mostly appeal to like-minded fans."
One horror fan's mélange of memories, opinions and movie facts. Read full book review >
TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one."
The former executive editor of Sports Illustrated explores the idea that Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), perhaps the greatest player in baseball history, was also a violent, racist, roundly hated person. Read full book review >

YEAR OF THE DUNK by Asher Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"In this briskly paced book, readers will recognize the courage and tenacity of everyday competitors and the power and awe-inspiring achievements of elite athletes."
Austin American-Statesman energy and environment reporter Price seeks to overcome his "genetic foibles" in pursuit of a singular and profound experience: dunking an NBA basketball. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2015

"Baseball fanatics will love this illumination of the sport's colorful past."
In his first book, artist and writer Cieradkowski combines a passion for the sport (nurtured by his late father, who he says inspired this project) with his credentials as a graphic designer, where his credits include the graphics at the Baltimore Orioles' Camden Yards. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2015

"Snarky history and piquant criticism as delivered by the smartass in the back of the classroom."
A charmingly random omnibus from a wisecracking know-it-all. Read full book review >
BENCHWARMER by Josh Wilker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"This almanac of fatherhood (and other failures) is honest, relatable and humorous—an indispensable read for fathers (and sons) whose joy in life comes not from winning the big game but being alive to witness the beauty of its happening."
A sports-obsessed memoir of fatherhood. Read full book review >
IT'S A LONG STORY by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Amiable but with an edge, and good reading for Nelson's legion of followers."
The beloved outlaw country icon rolls a fat one for his fans and sits down on the porch to spin a few yarns. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Die-hard Deadheads will be curious though not richly rewarded for their troubles."
"[Jerry] Garcia got Captain Trips. I got Bill the Drummer." Read full book review >
WHEN THE BALLS DROP by Brad Garrett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Garrett's celebrity status and comic take on the second half of life will draw readers in, but his occasionally hateful diatribes might put some of them off."
A clarion call to men pushing 50 from "an optimistic pessimist." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >