Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 11)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A smart, engaging book for the completist that only suffers from being a touch too complete; it could have lost 100 pages easily. Still, welcome reading for fans of Star Wars—or, for that matter, of THX 1138."
Help us, Obi-wan: There's a Star Wars sequel looming, and it may just feature—shudder—Jar Jar Binks.Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE AND WONDERFUL REASONS WHY I RUN LONG DISTANCES by Matthew Inman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Sure to delight Inman's fans and probably win him some new ones."
A short, laugh-out-loud graphic book about the promises and perils of exercise. Read full book review >

OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS by Mark Bailey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"If you have a hipster's need to drink your way through film history in the footsteps of Bogey and Bacall or just want to hit all of LA's historic hotspots or perhaps are just taking your liver out for a thorough road test under the swaying palms, then this is your vade mecum. Otherwise, stick to Kenneth Anger or maybe Barton Fink."
A toper's guide to booze and its discontents in the film mecca that is Los Angeles. Read full book review >
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Dunham shows flashes of the humor and sharp eye that make Girls so compelling, but the pleasure of watching the TV show doesn't translate to the page."
Girls creator Dunham reveals all—about losing her virginity, finding a therapist, shooting a series of Web videos about 20-somethings living aimless lives and more.The book's jacket recalls the 1970s, when Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown was coaching "mouseburgers" on "having it all." Read full book review >
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL by Ellen T. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Musical in structure, tone and emotional effect."
An author of scholarly works about George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) returns with a more general work about the prolific composer and his milieu. Read full book review >

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME by Mike Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Thomas is intent on celebrating the talent and career of Hartman, but he offers little conclusive insight into what was all too clearly a troubled marriage. Fans will likely find it an entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying read."
An admiring, often granular report on the life and tragic death of comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran Phil Hartman (1948-1998), a man "adored by millions and slain in his prime." Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >
RICKEY & ROBINSON by Roger Kahn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A gripping, informative blend of memoir and cultural history."
The author of the classic The Boys of Summer (1972) and numerous other titles about the national pastime returns with a personal account of the fracturing of the racial barrier in Major League Baseball. Read full book review >
COSBY by Mark Whitaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The answer is yes, and in more ways than one. An eye-opening book and a pleasure to read."
Readable, thoughtful life of the brilliant comedian and entrepreneur. Read full book review >
THE FIGHTER'S WAY by Nick Gorman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A snappy little handbook that could easily lead to deeper involvement in the sport."
South African national muay thai champion Gorman offers a concise introduction to this martial art. Read full book review >
BECOMING BELAFONTE by Judith E. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"So engaging that readers will crave a sequel: Belafonte since the '70s?"
The rise of the once-popular singer and actor (b. 1927) who used his celebrity and suasion to aid liberal causes.
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SO WE READ ON by Maureen Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Corrigan's close reading is welcome, though one hopes that readers will first revisit Fitzgerald's pages before dipping into hers."
NPR book critic Corrigan (Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books, 2005) offers an occasionally self-indulgent but mostly spot-on reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel—and, according to some critics, the greatest novel in American literature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >