Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 1 by Ed Ward
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A spry study that should inspire listening with newly informed ears to old tunes, from 'Bulldozer Blues' to 'Teenager in Love' and beyond."
A dean of rock journalism delivers the first volume of a magnum opus on a subject that never ceases to fascinate. Read full book review >
LUCKY BASTARD by Joe Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"With light humor and darker emotion, Buck candidly calls the game of his own life."
An Emmy-winning sportscaster—and son of broadcasting legend Jack Buck—rehearses his life with early frivolity and later gravity. Read full book review >

ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC by Haruki Murakami
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A work that general readers will enjoy and the musical cognoscenti will devour."
The edited texts of six engaging conversations about music between the celebrated Japanese writer and the noted conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by Robbie Robertson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for any devotee of the Band, Dylan, or rock music in the last half of the 20th century."
Nothing forges the bonds of brotherhood like life in a band, especially when it's the Band. Read full book review >
I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES by Robert Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Frothy and honest remembrances for gossipy movie fans."
A popular actor's "love letter to actresses." Read full book review >

WONDERLAND by Steven Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's an infectious spirit of delight in the prose, which matches the themes in a book that will engage even those not entirely convinced by its thesis to take a look from a different perspective."
An illumination of how civilization advances through the ways in which it plays. Read full book review >
SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The intimate and semi-entertaining details of an actor's childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood."
The autobiography of a Mainer who hit the big time in Hollywood. Read full book review >
BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A somewhat disjointed narrative with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations on South African culture."
The host of The Daily Show reflects on his tumultuous South African childhood. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Bianculli dutifully identifies the best of contemporary TV and its antecedents, but the book lacks the thrill of surprise or the satisfaction of new insight."
Let's all agree on good TV. Read full book review >
LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >
JUST GETTING STARTED by Tony Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"In the past decade, Bennett has been experiencing a renaissance among listeners. Many of them should be happy to hear how he got to this point."
The nonagenarian singer expresses his gratitude to many of the people who have helped him along the way. Read full book review >
SET THE BOY FREE by Johnny Marr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An upbeat study in musical growth and stardom, though it's lacking in writerly style or Smiths gossip."
The driving force behind the Smiths recalls his path to stardom and what he wore along the way. 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 >