Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

CULTURE AS WEAPON by Nato Thompson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A precisely written critique of cultural manipulation in our daily lives."
How persuasive cultural mechanisms are encoded in broader social structures, from high art to war-planning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While writing about the first lady, most of these perceptive essayists are also writing about themselves and their country, showing the shifts in perception and possibility that she has helped inspire."
A collection of essays that genuflect before a first lady like no other. Read full book review >

HOME AND AWAY by Karl Ove Knausgaard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the correspondence is mostly about soccer, it is also about so much more."
An epistolary exploration of soccer and life. Read full book review >
MYTHOMANIA by Peter Conrad
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"If you're a fan of Barthes and of the Umberto Eco of How to Travel with a Salmon, you'll likely enjoy this modest, minor, but entertaining rejoinder."
A deft updating of Parisian semiotics and midcentury cultural criticism for our own time. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY CURSES, I SWEAR! by Carrie Keagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though her approach might be a 'shock to the system' for some, it will be crass and tedious to many."
The career arc of a TV personality who has "made a career and an art form out of swearing." Read full book review >

BOP APOCALYPSE by Martin Torgoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances."
A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America. Read full book review >
I HATE EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU by Clinton Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir."
Fashion maven Kelly (Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget, 2013, etc.) is more booster than basher in this collection of mostly autobiographical essays about his life on- and off-screen. Read full book review >
THE CRUNK FEMINIST COLLECTION by Brittney C. Cooper
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A valuable record of the collective's contributions to a growing cultural awareness of feminist issues and criticism, particularly for women of color."
A collection of feminist essays on sex, gender, pop culture, politics, and friendship. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A light entertainment."
The personal shutterbug for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shares his behind-the-scenes impression of an age of glamour long gone. Read full book review >
SPIDER FROM MARS by Woody Woodmansey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A genial if surface-level glimpse into a brief but critical period of Bowie's career."
One of David Bowie's former drummers recalls his brief and occasionally baffling tenure with Ziggy Stardust. Read full book review >
IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Tony Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A layered portrait of the legendary singer whose self-destructiveness came to overshadow his hits."
A biography of soul singer "Wicked" Wilson Pickett (1941-2006). Read full book review >
BLACK SUNSET by Clancy Sigal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"As a more in-control memoir, this could have been a rich gold mine about Hollywood legends and lore."
Inside the chaotic Hollywood of the 1950s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >