Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 2016

"An enthusiastic, immersive, entertaining guide for both die-hard Batfans and curious onlookers."
A passionate, precise documentation of Batman's legacy and enduring popularity among "nerds and normals alike." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Much of this ground has otherwise been covered, and better, in Greil Marcus' Invisible Republic (1997). Still, fans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure."
Veteran music writer Hoskyns (Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band, 2012, etc.) peels back the layers of a musical Shangri-La that has plenty of dark corners.Read full book review >

WE ARE ALL CANNIBALS by Claude Lévi-Strauss
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Though representing a tradition that is now considered old-fashioned, Lévi-Strauss was quite the revolutionary in his day. These varied, smart pieces show why."
Previously ungathered pieces by the eminent French anthropologist, all addressing in some way the vexing question of relativism. Read full book review >
MISS FORTUNE by Lauren Weedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An intelligent, hilarious, and bittersweet collection."
The TV and stage actress turns the messes of her life into fodder for this winning essay collection. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Abrams weaves a compelling tale about a transformational era in the NBA that also speaks to the sometimes-desperate pursuit of sporting stardom."
How teenage basketball stars transformed the NBA. Read full book review >

MY BRAIN ON FIRE by Leonard Pitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."
A theater actor's memoir of a life and way of thinking permanently altered by the seven years he spent as a young man living in 1960s Paris. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE DEAD by Bill Walton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"One of the NBA's 50 greatest players scores another basket—a deeply personal one."
A basketball legend reflects on his life in the game and a life lived in the "nightmare of endlessly repetitive and constant pain, agony, and guilt." Read full book review >
THE SELLING OF THE BABE by Glenn Stout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"Baseball history is full of hoary legends. Stout deftly challenges one of the game's biggest."
Separating myth from truth in the most infamous trade in baseball history. Read full book review >
NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
THE KING AND QUEEN OF MALIBU by David K. Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2016

"An engaging story about wealth, entitlement, property rights, change, loss, and pain."
A swift account of the history of Malibu, "a rugged ranch in the middle of nowhere" that became "a global symbol of fame and fortune." Read full book review >
ABOVE THE LINE by Shirley MacLaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"MacLaine is wickedly honest about moviemaking, sincere and enthusiastic in describing her beliefs, and welcoming in the skepticism of others—it's all refreshing and fun."
The award-winning actress reflects on her latest film and her previous life. Read full book review >
REDSKINS by C. Richard King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the meantime, King shows why this controversy matters well beyond the football field."
This academic analysis suggests that the team name of the NFL's Washington, D.C., franchise is both reprehensible and indefensible. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >