Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Shaw tries to pull off the same trick here as Alan Light did with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in The Holy or the Broken (2012), but there's too little weight here to justify the act."
The juxtaposition of two of America's most enduring national anthems. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A sobering but ultimately sympathetic portrait balanced by the author's critical sense and buoyed by her engaging style."
An absorbing biography detailing the public and private hazards of being America's favorite painter. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Interesting topic, impressive execution and stunning visual accompaniments. "
Postrel (The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, 2003, etc.) offers a thoroughly researched, analytical, illustrated view on the characteristics, both keen and subtle, that qualify an object, person, event or location as glamorous. Read full book review >
THE LAST COWBOY by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A must-read for fans of "America's Team" and, given Landry's impact on the game, for Cowboy haters too."
A prolific sportswriter submits a meaty biography of one of the NFL's legendary coaches. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Put Greil Marcus and Susan Sontag ringside, and you get something approaching this book. A little too postmodern at times but an eye-opener."
Book designer and Grantland and Deadspin contributor Shoemaker offers a frontline report on a panem et circenses scene of power plays, big money and spandex girdles. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2013

"A compelling sports memoir from an intriguing athlete with a lot on his mind and even more in his heart."
The favorite son of Warroad, Minn., an NHL Hall of Famer, provides a thoroughly warm and engaging account of what it was like reaching for the highest echelons of professional hockey and what he found once he arrived. Read full book review >
VIVIEN LEIGH by Kendra Bean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A worthy tribute to an eternally fascinating star."
Sumptuously illustrated life of one of stage and screen's greatest tragic figures, published in time for the centennial of her birth. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A delightful trek into the world of TV production and a substantive treat for the truly addicted PBS fan."
Chronicling her 25-year career with PBS, Eaton provides a behind-the-camera look into the creative process involved in producing Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A must-read for fitness buffs and beefy enough to whet the appetite of even the most inert couch potato."
With an investigative journalist's penchant for exposing the underside of popular movements, Black (Yes, You Can! Behind the Hype and Hustle of the Motivation Biz, 2006) presents an engrossing history of fitness in the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Long on heroism, short on analysis and critical acumen."
Veteran journalist Eubanks (To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of Its Creator, 2010, etc.) follows the careers of two young men: one a cadet at West Point, the other a midshipman at the Naval Academy, from 9/11 to the present. Read full book review >
WHAT'S SO FUNNY? by Tim Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Mildly amusing and affable to a fault, Conway's tome joins the massive pile of inessential showbiz memoirs."
The celebrated funnyman on his frictionless life and times. Read full book review >
BEATLES VS. STONES by John McMillian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Nothing new or particularly provocative in this retelling of well-known stories."
A history professor makes a case for a professional and artistic rivalry between the two bands but presents no new evidence and reaches no absolute verdict. Read full book review >