Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

DINNER WITH DIMAGGIO by Rock Positano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Baseball fans will savor DiMaggio's views about Ted Williams, Pete Rose, and many other famous players; Marilyn Monroe fans will find less of interest. As for other potential readers, the appeal will be limited."
A remembrance of the baseball great's final decade, from his friend and doctor. Read full book review >
JIMMY BUFFETT by Ryan White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A feel-good biography for Parrotheads; others may want to pass."
The Mayor of Margaritaville gets mythic treatment in an adoring chronicle that looks back at his decadeslong career. Read full book review >

THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS by Paula Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor—delivers more than it promises."
In the follow-up to There's Nothing in This Book that I Meant To Say (2007), comedian Poundstone chronicles her amusing and surprisingly personal search for the key to happiness. Read full book review >
PUNK AVENUE by Phil Marcade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Must-read for those who love that era and want a fresh perspective on it."
A musician's memoir of punk rock in its New York City heyday shows how much fun it was while it lasted, before AIDS and heroin had the last laugh. Read full book review >
ODD BIRDS by Ian Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Animal lovers in particular will find much to savor in this endearing, breezy memoir from a young, enterprising Hollywood actor."
A TV actor reflects on his life (so far) and a love of birding. Read full book review >

LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >
ART SEX MUSIC by Cosey Fanni Tutti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A bravura rock memoir vibrating with fierce and fearless memories—a must-have item for Chris and Cosey and Throbbing Gristle fans."
The female half of the alternative music group Chris and Cosey reveals the "harsh and definitely not rose-tinted view of my past." Read full book review >
HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE by Dominic Dromgoole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2017

"Sly, witty, and delightful—a glorious Shakespearean romp."
Knock, knock. Who's there? Hamlet. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"For baseball fans, Law offers a smooth combination of erudition and his obvious love of the sport."
A former Major League Baseball statistical analyst who now writes for ESPN shatters myths about how to accurately measure a baseball player's ability and then explains modern criteria that offer better results. Read full book review >
LEADING LADY by Stephen Galloway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A brisk, breezy look at the turbulent world of moviemaking."
A biography about a powerful former studio head. Read full book review >
THE NEW ANALOG by Damon Krukowski
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Krukowski's writing is witty and generally accessible, though his detours into recording minutiae and avant-garde ideas about sound and art may lose some readers."
Wry exploration of the social meanings behind vintage and modern audio technologies. 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 >