Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 11)

THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN by Jill Lepore
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Lepore mines new archival sources to reconstruct Marston's tangled home life and the controversy generated by Wonder Woman. It's an irresistible story, and the author tells it with relish and delight."
The surprising origins of a 20th-century goddess. Read full book review >
DE NIRO by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume."
The life and work of the legendary actor. Read full book review >

YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A wise and winning—and polite—memoir and manifesto."
The star of Parks and Recreation shares stories from her adolescence, her star-making tenure at Saturday Night Live and her abiding love of improvisation.Read full book review >
THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE by Diane Von Furstenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"With humility and honesty, von Furstenberg's reflections on a life lived in the grandiose couture spotlight will delight both trendy, fashion-forward readers and budding designers eager to follow in her footsteps."
High-fashion doyenne von Furstenberg (Diane: A Signature Life, 1998) celebrates a wellspring of wisdom and design inspiration. Read full book review >
CHRISTIANITY IN STAINED GLASS by Lynne Alcott Kogel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A striking volume of remarkable art and informative commentary."
Kogel documents the extensive stained glass of Michigan's Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in her debut photography book. Read full book review >

THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION by Azar Nafisi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A literary study that derives its emotional power from Nafisi's personal story and relationship."
The Iranian-American author of Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003) makes a passionate argument for returning to key American novels in order to foster creativity and engagement. Read full book review >
WHO WE BE by Jeff Chang
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"An intriguing attempt at cutting through the dissonance of a series of changing cultural milieus."
Sprawling examination of how American society has responded to multiculturalism and demographic diversity. Read full book review >
BROTHAS BE, YO LIKE GEORGE, AIN'T THAT FUNKIN' KINDA HARD ON YOU? by George Clinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Though sometimes too slow and a touch, well, normal, Clinton's memoir proves a treat for the many who love his work."
Uncle Jam's funkadactic crusade continues in a book that, though less rollicking than a fan might expect, still kicks it. Read full book review >
FOOD by Jim Gaffigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Laughs served up just right on every page."
Veteran comedian Gaffigan (Dad Is Fat, 2013) once again proves that the surest way to the American funny bone is through a mouthful of cheeseburger and fries, followed by a milkshake chaser. Read full book review >
THE FLATLANDERS by John T. Davis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"A celebration of music made in the spirit of friendship rather than careerism."
Conservative West Texas spawns radical creativity and lifelong bonds of friendship in this story of an unlikely band. Read full book review >
MORE AWESOME THAN MONEY by Jim Dwyer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Slowly paced, familiar narrative of tech dreams and youthful hubris."
Journalistic account of an ambitious, ill-fated attempt at creating a privacy-oriented alternative to Facebook. Read full book review >
DOES SANTA EXIST? by Eric Kaplan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"Kaplan's investigation into the ontology of Santa Claus is erudite, readable and exceedingly funny."
The acclaimed comedy writer and co-executive producer of The Big Bang Theory presents a unique and peculiar philosophical inquiry into the belief in Santa Claus.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 >