Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

TINSELTOWN by William J. Mann
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"While searching for a solution to the sensational crime, Mann masterfully captures the zeitgeist of Hollywood in its early days."
Who killed William Desmond Taylor? More than 90 years after the unsolved murder of the renowned director, film historian and biographer Mann (Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, 2012, etc.) takes up the cold case. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A call to action for those who don't like the news to make their own."
Populist podcasters offer a manifesto on the failings of mainstream media. Read full book review >

SPECIAL DELUXE by Neil Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Both heartfelt and conflicted, Young's passion for cars is tempered by his environmental conviction, a prescient reminder that the Earth is more important than a hobby."
Young (Waging Heavy Peace, 2012) returns to reflect on the two defining love affairs of his life: cars and dogs. Read full book review >
AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The book, unlike the movie it describes, struggles at times to balance a tone of charming over cheesy. But Elwes' case—that the film has endured because it was made with a lot of heart—is made persuasively enough that readers will entertain the sentiment even if they aren't totally convinced by it."
With the assistance of Layden (The Ghost Horse: A True Story of Love, Death, and Redemption, 2013, etc.), Elwes shares tales of the making of the 1987 film The Princess Bride, in which he starred in the role of Westley.Read full book review >
MR. HOCKEY by Gordie Howe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Lots of action, a bit of rumination and few regrets in this unremarkable work by a most remarkable athlete."
A legendary hockey star, now 86, reviews his storied and stellar career. Read full book review >

JONI MITCHELL by Malka Marom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"The gifted, adventurous musician talks as brilliantly as she writes and sings."
Three deep-running interviews with singer-songwriter Mitchell, by singer-journalist Marom. Read full book review >
HIJACKING THE RUNWAY by Teri Agins
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"A breezy, authoritative report on the formidable culture of '[c]elebrities as billboards for fashion.'"
Splashy critique of the celebrity sway over fashion. Read full book review >
BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >
SCRIBE by Bob Ryan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A terrific memoir with lessons for young journalists, sports fans and anyone who shares the love of the games."
The classic American sportswriter reflects on a half-century of covering the games we play. Read full book review >
A LOAD OF HOOEY by Bob Odenkirk
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Though this represents the first volume in the Odenkirk Memorial Library, it isn't likely that the author will abandon his day job(s) for a life of letters.
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A humor collection from the postmodern jack of many trades. Read full book review >
NOT MY FATHER'S SON by Alan Cumming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer."
The award-winning actor uncovers his family's darkest secret. Read full book review >
ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Hart once said that obsessive scrutiny of sex as an indicator of character would give America the politicians it deserved. In this probing narrative, Bai comes to another dismal conclusion: It would give America the news coverage it deserved—entertainment-driven, dominated by shallow pundits, and bereft of intellect and ideas."
A new look at a scandal that changed American politics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >