Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

NFL CONFIDENTIAL by Johnny Anonymous
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2016

"This readable book provides insight into the life of an NFL nonstar, though the author's anonymity proves to be a dual-edged sword."
An inside perspective on professional football from an anonymous NFL rank and filer. Read full book review >
THE ART OF PERSPECTIVE by Christopher Castellani
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A modest, gracefully written meditation on creativity and craft."
A close look at writers' crucial choices. Read full book review >

THE THREE BATTLES OF WANAT by Mark Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Readers of Bowden's work are assured of honest, straightforward, painstakingly researched essays."
Collected magazine articles and essays by wide-ranging journalist Bowden (Writer in Residence/Univ. of Delaware; The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A slight, breezy memoir that delves into serious subjects."
A dying mother puts a middle-aged humorist more in touch with his own mortality. Read full book review >
SHARON TATE by Ed Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Readers are likely to finish the book more confused than illuminated by all the possibilities, theories, and potential co-conspirators."
The author revisits the murder that spawned his best-known book, The Family (1971).Read full book review >

DIRTY WORDS AND FILTHY PICTURES by Jeremy Geltzer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"An important reference book for scholars of the law and cinema."
A scholarly, legal history of the parallel attempts of movie producers to stretch the limits of content and language and of censors to limit them. Read full book review >
DISASTER DRAWN by Hillary L. Chute
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Though this academic study has a stylistic density that a general readership might occasionally find difficult, the epiphanies are worth the effort."
An illuminating analysis of graphic narrative's documentary power. Read full book review >
MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >
THE GAME'S NOT OVER by Gregg Easterbrook
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A breezy read that provides cultural context to accompany another football season."
An unabashed fan of professional football offers a spirited defense of a sport besieged by controversy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An amusingly shrewd memoir of following a lifelong dream."
Kessler (Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-aging, 2013, etc.) chronicles her obsession with dancing The Nutcracker.Read full book review >
Glamourville by Eric Coyote
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"A harsh film-industry coming-of-age story."
Coyote (Invaders from the Outer Rim, 2015, etc.) delivers a novel about a young man making his way in Hollywood. Read full book review >
TRAVELLING TO WORK by Michael Palin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A satisfying if sometimes-dark read for Palin's many fans. Those interested in the inner workings of showbiz will find much of value, too."
Now is the '90s of our discontent…. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >