Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 11)

U2 by John Jobling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not likely to be the 'definitive biography' of U2, but Jobling provides a passable comprehensive history of the members' music, politics, faith and group dynamics."
Unauthorized biography of U2, one of the most respected and admired yet divisive acts in the history of rock. Read full book review >
I ONLY READ IT FOR THE CARTOONS by Richard Gehr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers who love the cartoons will appreciate knowing more about the cartoonists."
Incisive interviews with a dozen cartoonists whose work highlights the esteemed magazine. Read full book review >

ANDY KAUFMAN by Bob Zmuda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Whatever readers believe or don't about Andy Kaufman, this book will confirm that particular 'truth.'"
Another biography of the idiosyncratic comedian that will make fans question what the authors' previous work on the subject offered and to doubt that this will really be their "final" word. Read full book review >
GLASS JAW by Eric Dezenhall
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"More an illumination of the challenge than a pat solution."
Dezenhall (The Devil Himself, 2011, etc.) counsels beleaguered corporations on how to deal with bullying citizens and their social media attacks. Read full book review >
ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed."
Founding member and lead guitarist of American rock band Aerosmith details his life and times in this autobiography. Read full book review >

GHOSTS by Roger Clarke
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An informative but surprisingly sedate tour of haunting's storied past."
Ghost-hunting gets a gentlemanly makeover in this meticulous history of hauntings. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >
101 TWO-LETTER WORDS by Stephin Merritt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Any reader's vocabulary is likely to grow after reading Merritt's quirky wordplay, but edification is not the point; fun is, and Merritt and Chast deliver just that."
From "aa" to "zz," a compendium of curious words. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PULP by Paula Rabinowitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 5, 2014

"An ardent collector of pulp fiction, Rabinowitz brings to this scholarly study a passion for the genre and an authoritative analysis of its meaning in American culture.
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How cheap books opened a world of ideas to new readers.
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BREAKFAST AT SOTHEBY'S by Philip Hook
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A winner. Readers will learn more about the modern art market in this simple book than in any college course."
Hook (The Ultimate Trophy: How the Impressionist Painting Conquered the World, 2009, etc.) uses his years of experience to explain why paintings succeed or fail. Read full book review >
THE PORNOGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER by Kristin Battista-Frazee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Barely serviceable. Readers will learn a bit about the porn business of the pre-Internet age, but they might as well be reading about farm equipment or lumber."
A plodding memoir of life in 1970s smutland. Read full book review >
THE VULGAR TONGUE by Jonathon Green
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"In this abundantly detailed history, Green argues that a counterlanguage will always exist, providing a voice for the marginalized and expressing deep—and sometimes dark—human needs."
A lexicographer chronicles the language of the streets. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >