Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 10)

THE UNIVERSAL TONE by Carlos Santana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An appreciative and unpretentious chronicle, this is required reading for Santana fans and devotees of classic rock legends."
The Mexican-American classic guitar legend (and 2013 Kennedy Center honoree) shares his life before and beneath the rock 'n' roll spotlight with the assistance of Kahn (The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, 2006, etc.) and Miller.Read full book review >
I MUST SAY by Martin Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A true vaudevillian, Short is always on as he delivers funny anecdotes from a diffuse and storied career."
Actor, singer and spasmodic funnyman Short delivers a memoir with cameos by his famous characters. Read full book review >

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW by Sophia Loren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A nostalgic recollection of the great beauty's movies and memories."
The award-winning actress and international sex symbol tells her life story, from her childhood in Naples, Italy, to her rise to the top of the Hollywood A-list. Read full book review >
CAPTURING MUSIC by Thomas Forrest Kelly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Charmingly written, with plenty of interesting historical tidbits—recommended for anyone interested in early music."
A comprehensive account of one of the key inventions in music history: a method for writing down a composition so someone could learn it without hearing it performed. Read full book review >
WAGSTAFF by Philip Gefter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Gefter draws on interviews and considerable research to create a richly detailed portrait of a connoisseur who defied convention in the art world and in his own life."
The life of an influential champion of photography as an art form. Read full book review >

BOHEMIANS, BOOTLEGGERS, FLAPPERS, AND SWELLS by Graydon Carter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into occasionally, this collection serves as a fine primer to one magazine's contribution to a golden age of American magazine writing."
A collection of a wide range of Vanity Fair articles ranging from 1914 to 1936, when the Great Depression forced the magazine to merge with Vogue. Read full book review >
ON THE ROAD WITH JANIS JOPLIN by John Byrne Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Significant for ardent devotees of Joplin; less than essential for others."
A memoir of the author's time working for the spellbinding Janis Joplin. Read full book review >
HERBIE HANCOCK by Herbie Hancock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A warm, inspiring book by a man who seems to have little ego despite a career spent near the peak of his art. Recommended reading for jazz aficionados."
One of the most innovative and admired jazz musicians of his generation reminisces about his career. Read full book review >
EUGENE O'NEILL by Robert M. Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although O'Neill claimed he was a 'tragic optimist,' Dowling's sympathetic, comprehensive portrait reveals a man beset by self-hatred and despair, struggling—and failing—to find salvation."
A portrait of a playwright inspired by suffering. Read full book review >
CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A comprehensive look at Chaplin the man but lacking as a portrait of the artist and his legacy."
The life of a great filmmaker and lousy human being. Read full book review >
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS by Dick Cavett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A skilled second banana still works the crowd effectively."
TV's once-reigning, smarty-pants talk show host presents his thoughts on some problems, performers and a few civilians he's known. Read full book review >
JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'."
An iconic rocker receives a warm, admiring biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >