Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

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 >
YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Up-and-down humor that sometimes gets to the heart of the realities of being black in America."
A black female comedian lays it all out there. Read full book review >
NEW YORK ROCK by Steven Blush
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A comprehensive yet pat and sometimes patchy tome that conveys a vicarious understanding of a gritty musical era."
Brisk overview of New York City's rock 'n' roll tradition, from doo-wop to hard core, mirroring the city's transformations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >