Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

101 TWO-LETTER WORDS by Stephin Merritt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Any reader's vocabulary is likely to grow after reading Merritt's quirky wordplay, but edification is not the point; fun is, and Merritt and Chast deliver just that."
From "aa" to "zz," a compendium of curious words. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PULP by Paula Rabinowitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 5, 2014

"An ardent collector of pulp fiction, Rabinowitz brings to this scholarly study a passion for the genre and an authoritative analysis of its meaning in American culture.
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How cheap books opened a world of ideas to new readers.
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BREAKFAST AT SOTHEBY'S by Philip Hook
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A winner. Readers will learn more about the modern art market in this simple book than in any college course."
Hook (The Ultimate Trophy: How the Impressionist Painting Conquered the World, 2009, etc.) uses his years of experience to explain why paintings succeed or fail. Read full book review >
THE PORNOGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER by Kristin Battista-Frazee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Barely serviceable. Readers will learn a bit about the porn business of the pre-Internet age, but they might as well be reading about farm equipment or lumber."
A plodding memoir of life in 1970s smutland. Read full book review >
THE VULGAR TONGUE by Jonathon Green
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"In this abundantly detailed history, Green argues that a counterlanguage will always exist, providing a voice for the marginalized and expressing deep—and sometimes dark—human needs."
A lexicographer chronicles the language of the streets. Read full book review >

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS by Tracey E.W. Laird
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A slim though impressive narrative history that will be a welcome addition to any audiophile's bookshelf."
The origin and history of the popular annual music festival, from local TV to nationally recognized brand. Read full book review >
BOY ON ICE by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch debuts with a biography of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011), a fierce fighter on the ice who died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers at the age of 28. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Wide-ranging and surprisingly thoughtful."
The early days of Hollywood stars, gossip and damage control. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Inspiring bios of today's professional heroines."
The long, lonely, unlovely scramble to making it to the top in TV news. Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF STYLE by Steven Pinker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library."
Yet another how-to book on writing? Indeed, but this is one of the best to come along in many years, a model of intelligent signposting and syntactical comportment. Read full book review >
LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Allen Shawn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A nearly impossible task, recording this lush life, but Shawn helps us comprehend the magic."
A few luscious slices from the massive cake that was the life of the great pianist, composer, conductor and public personality (1918-1990). Read full book review >
EASY STREET (THE HARD WAY) by Ron Perlman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A likable but inessential showbiz memoir."
The cult favorite looks back. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >