Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON PEOPLE by David Hepworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A lively compendium of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll."
An award-winning music journalist compiles a spirited celebration of rock stars. Read full book review >

GOLD DUST WOMAN by Stephen Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."
An unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks (b. 1948), best known as the lead singer for Fleetwood Mac. Read full book review >
DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY by Darryl W.  Bullock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era."
An encyclopedic look at the lives of formative Western LGBT musicians and performers. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A little harsh here, a little overstated there, but all in all a fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race."
Is flimflammery, like jazz, a pure product of America? So wonders New Yorker poetry editor Young (Blues Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, 2016, etc.), adding another Americanism to the mix: Jim Crow. Read full book review >

A WORLD WITHOUT "WHOM" by Emmy J.  Favilla
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lighthearted take on communicating in the digital age."
An irreverent grammar guru advises, "follow your heart." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For fans of the stage, this is a pleasant peek behind the scenes during a transformative period of British theater history."
A celebrated director shares his memories from his years as the head of one of the world's most famous theater companies. Read full book review >
DRAGON AT THE EDGE OF A FLAT WORLD by Joseph  Keckler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An intermittently engaging scenester's account from the city that never sleeps."
A category-defying publishing debut by a category-defying singer. Read full book review >
THE WRITTEN WORLD by Martin  Puchner
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lucid entertainment for the humanists in the audience."
The world is shaped by books, and human history by texts sacred and profane: so this thoughtful treatise by the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS by Mary Lou Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A solid if conventional biography that doesn't go deep enough into the man behind the brand."
The life of the one-and-only Kinky Friedman (b. 1944). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An aggressively researched toy story on the 'doll-eat-doll world of litigation over inspiration.'"
Exploring the little-known battle for the Barbie doll empire. Read full book review >
THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US by Hanif  Abdurraqib
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Erudite writing from an author struggling to find meaning through music."
An Ohio-based poet, columnist, and music critic takes the pulse of the nation while absorbing some of today's most eclectic beats. 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 >