Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

ANGELIC MUSIC by Corey Mead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mead keeps the current swift, removing rough rocks that might disrupt our pleasant, engaging trip downstream with him."
The genesis, rise, fall, and rise again of Benjamin Franklin's mid-18th-century rub-the-glasses device, whose enormous popularity led to wild claims about both its salutary and detrimental effects on listeners. Read full book review >
HOMEWARD BOUND by Peter Ames Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An absorbing and layered study of 'one of the most influential voices in Western popular culture.'"
A biography of the singer/songwriter who helped define the cultural landscape of the 1960s as half of the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel and who later achieved massive success as a solo artist. Read full book review >

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG by Carole Bayer Sager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An undemanding yet deeply felt memoir of a life lived through melody, lyrics, and the limelight of hard-won fame."
The driven life of an award-winning, hit-producing singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
99 by Wayne Gretzky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Not a complete history of the NHL, but this enjoyable book provides an overview that will educate longtime fans and relative newcomers alike."
The Great One delivers a personal history of the National Hockey League. Read full book review >
MUCH ADO by Michael Lenehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A series of bright, clear photographs of what the author saw when he pulled aside the curtain in a Wisconsin Oz."
A veteran former editor and current freelance journalist delivers a swift story about being imbedded with a summer outdoor theater company mounting a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Perceptive insights about the mysterious heart of a legendary movie and its maker."
A prismatic look at the esteemed filmmaker's life. Read full book review >
I AM BRIAN WILSON by Brian Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"As a study in creativity, superb, though as memoir, partial and a touch reluctant. Whatever the case, essential for any Beach Boys fan."
Everyone's favorite musical mad scientist reveals a troubled yet hopeful life. Read full book review >
SHOCK AND AWE by Simon Reynolds
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"For neo-glamsters, a blueprint for how to get things done; for oldsters, a nostalgic look into a shining, glittery era."
"In the early seventies, decadence was what we'd nowadays call a ‘meme.' " The wide-ranging rock journalist probes the highs and lows of glam. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORTS IN 100 OBJECTS by Cait Murphy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enjoyable romp through the things that helped make the sports we love."
An episodic, somewhat gimmicky, but always engaging history of American sports through material culture. Read full book review >
A LIFE IN PARTS by Bryan Cranston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The highs here—and there are many—are meth-less but addictive."
The star of Breaking Bad debuts with a collection of memories and ruminations. Read full book review >
A LIFE WELL PLAYED by Arnold Palmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A heartfelt, sincere, mini-self-portrait by a man who epitomizes class."
One of the greatest golfers of all time offers up some stories and advice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Levy's spirited history is nothing less than a love letter to Rome's luxurious, sensational past."
A cultural history reveals an effervescent decade of riches in postwar Rome. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >