Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

WILD THINGS by Bruce  Handy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As well-researched as it is seamlessly composed, this book entertains as it educates."
A Vanity Fair contributing editor encourages adult readers to tumble back down the rabbit hole of childhood and rediscover their favorite books. Read full book review >
POETRY WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Jill Bialosky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An emotional, sometimes-wrenching account of how lines of poetry can be lifelines."
A celebrated poet, novelist, memoirist, and editor returns with an account of a life lived to the music of poetry. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mixed bag, sometimes entertaining, sometimes arid, but full of useful insights; readers won't look at Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj the same way after considering them among the 'cartoonish card deck of sexualized female archetypes' that constitutes so much of the present pop scene."
Forget drugs: sex and rock & roll are where it's at in this survey of the devil's music and its carnal dimensions. Read full book review >
HAIL TO THE CHIN by Bruce Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A breezy read through a breezy life.
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The anecdotal sequel to the cult actor's bestselling memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An impressively reported, smoothly written book that nonetheless feels airy in its content."
Cook (The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families, 2017 etc.) chronicles the 1947 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, approaching this narrow slice of sports history from an unusual angle. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Solid material for Vanity Fair readers, fans of investigative journalism, and observers of higher education and its myriad problems."
A collection of in-depth journalism previously published in Vanity Fair, each piece exposing trouble at an elite university or prep school. Read full book review >
PLAYING HURT by John  Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2017

"A story that merits both sympathy and attention."
The late ESPN host and commentator recounts years of struggle with mental illness. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Kohan brings the modern sporting arena to life in this fine exploration of the 'corners of American stadiums that aren't necessarily hidden but are almost assuredly unseen.'"
An inside look at the secular cathedrals where we hold our sporting masses—and celebrate with unrepentant excess. Read full book review >
DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF <i>THE LITTLE PRINCE</i> by Pierre  Lassus
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Despite the heavy-handed religious reading of the book and some proselytizing, many will enjoy learning about Saint-Exupéry and his life and how he came to write such a beloved book."
The story behind one of the world's most popular books. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A solid but not groundbreaking chronicle of women's long, excruciating fights for laughs."
The struggle to do stand-up comedy while female. Read full book review >
WARNER BROS by David Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An entertaining, well-documented history of the legendary studio for film scholars and fans alike."
The colorful history of the renowned Warner Bros. film studio and the brothers who founded it in the early 1920s. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE A GENIUS by Nate  Dern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"In his first book, Dern shoots for the easy laughs, some of which he hits; however, he falls short of creating the lasting ones.
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A collection of stories, essays, and sketches from the senior writer of Funny or Die. 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 >