Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 11)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Bianculli dutifully identifies the best of contemporary TV and its antecedents, but the book lacks the thrill of surprise or the satisfaction of new insight."
Let's all agree on good TV. Read full book review >
LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >

JUST GETTING STARTED by Tony Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"In the past decade, Bennett has been experiencing a renaissance among listeners. Many of them should be happy to hear how he got to this point."
The nonagenarian singer expresses his gratitude to many of the people who have helped him along the way. Read full book review >
SET THE BOY FREE by Johnny Marr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An upbeat study in musical growth and stardom, though it's lacking in writerly style or Smiths gossip."
The driving force behind the Smiths recalls his path to stardom and what he wore along the way. Read full book review >
TRANNY by Laura Jane Grace
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A fascinating, gripping, moving memoir perfect for anyone interested in learning more about gender identity or about the complicated inner workings of the music business.
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A visceral memoir that deftly explores Grace's experience fronting seminal punk band Against Me! as well as the years she spent grappling with gender dysphoria. Read full book review >

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE TALKING BOOK by Matthew Rubery
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A well-informed but tepid history."
An overview of how the spoken word has been captured on records, tapes, cassettes, and digital devices. Read full book review >
THE REVENGE OF ANALOG by David Sax
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A perky and well-illustrated but repetitive, sometimes-pat look at a discordantly retro cultural trend."
An exploration of millennial fondness for old technologies and its implications for a competitive business landscape. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANTS IN MY BACKYARD by Rajiv Surendra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"One of the more insightful and inspirational of the recent glut of showbiz memoirs."
A young actor loses a great role but finds a wonderful story to share. Read full book review >
BRESSON ON BRESSON by Robert Bresson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A terrific encapsulation of the philosophies and techniques behind the cinematic masterpieces of Robert Bresson, from the man himself."
Reflections of a cinematic grandmaster. Read full book review >
BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike."
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A SONG by Marc Myers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An entertaining record of the soundtrack of the baby boomer era."
A cultural history of the elusive hit single, focused on artists' recollections and studio alchemy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >