Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 11)

THE JAZZ OF PHYSICS by Stephon Alexander
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 2016

"A physics-for-poets guide that's more exuberant than enlightening."
Look to jazz greats like John Coltrane for insights into subatomic particles and the history of the cosmos. Read full book review >
REAL ARTISTS HAVE DAY JOBS by Sara Benincasa
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 2016

"Raunchy and unabashedly unapologetic, this is useful, take-no-prisoners humor."
Raw and ribald advice for growing up. Read full book review >

APPROVAL JUNKIE by Faith Salie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Funny, touching essays on being a multifaceted woman with unique dreams, desires, and needs."
A TV and radio host acknowledges her need to be liked and tells how she's worked hard to overcome this. Read full book review >
GOD IS ROUND by Juan Villoro
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 19, 2016

"For millions around the world, soccer is not just a game, but rather life itself and, as Villoro ably reveals, very much worth pursuing to the final whistle."
A lyrical exploration of the global game of soccer. Read full book review >
PETER ARNO by Michael Maslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A book that could have been funnier, though admittedly Maslin delivers more chuckles per page than Renata Adler. The book is also insightful about the workings of a magazine that is a critically important cultural institution."
The life of the once-influential cartoonist, a favorite of New Yorker readers for decades.Read full book review >

GAME OF CROWNS by Christopher Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"With gaspworthy and laugh-out-loud moments revealing scandalous and sympathetic details of the royal family, Andersen humanizes this privileged yet embattled group."
A conjecture of what the future holds for the British monarchy, combining the scholarship of a dissertation with the dishyness of a tabloid. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A challenging and provocative inquiry into how we see the world…now, 'the point is to change it.'"
A semiotics for the masses. Read full book review >
CHASING WATER by Anthony Ervin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A provocative and refreshingly honest redemption memoir."
A celebrated Olympian recounts how he rose to the top of his sport, crashed, and found redemption. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Genuine, intelligent, and candid."
A 40-something stand-up comedian's blisteringly honest and hilarious account of a life still "majorly under construction." Read full book review >
LIVES OF THE POETS (WITH GUITARS) by Ray Robertson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite the title adapted from Samuel Johnson and the occasional reference to Aristotle or Kierkegaard, Robertson does not strain to justify the music as poetry in this solid collection of essays."
A Canadian novelist illuminates the lives and careers of musicians he loves in a dozen critical essays. Read full book review >
THE NETWORK by Scott Woolley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Beginning in the era of an 'ever-expanding worldwide web of cables,' the book is readable but could have been fleshed out more fully."
The past envisions the future in a short book that spans a century of revolutions in communications. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Boilen's warm, engaging voice pervades this treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with nearly three dozen musicians about the life-altering songs that inspired their musical careers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >