Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

I CAN'T MAKE THIS UP by Kevin  Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The book could have been trimmed by about 50 pages, but Hart is a genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy."
The popular comedian debuts with "the stories behind the jokes, and a few lessons…about life, success, parenting, and relationships." Read full book review >
THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >

TOUCHED BY GOD by Daniel Arcucci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"Not a great book but great fun for soccer fans."
One of soccer's greatest—and most controversial—all-time players reflects on his life and career. Read full book review >
IRON AMBITION by Mike Tyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A belated but welcome homage to a boxing legend who died shortly before Tyson's career took off. Fans of the sweet science will want to have a look."
The boxing champion, infamous for biting and beating, reveals his soft side in this memoir of his longtime mentor and trainer. Read full book review >
IN THEIR LIVES by Andrew Blauner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 23, 2017

"A charming, delightful collection for Beatles fans and music fans in general."
What's your favorite Beatles song? Read full book review >

BERLIN CALLING by Paul Hockenos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"The author's loyalty and love for Berlin are evident and may well be contagious, but he is short on analysis and insight."
An introduction to the countercultures of Berlin. Read full book review >
THE LONG RUN by Catriona Menzies-Pike
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"An authentic account of surviving devastating loss through the art of running."
A memoir of running, endurance, and overcoming grief. Read full book review >
OFF SPEED by Terry McDermott
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"The book will likely bore or baffle those not already passionate about baseball, but it will please die-hard fans."
Former Los Angeles Times national reporter McDermott (101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory, 2010, etc.) changes pace with a book about baseball focused on the craft of pitching. Read full book review >
THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"With minimal redundancy, the voices culminate to illuminate an extraordinarily rich picture book, provide fresh insight into human needs, and inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely."
Conversations with the legendary children's book creator, along with "companion guides" exploring the artist's psyche and works. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY FRANKS by Michael Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A lengthy exploration of one family's uniquely claustrophobic dysfunctions; Frank only finds mixed success in delivering a compelling narrative to bolster the provocative premise."
A writer reflects on his celebrated aunt's overbearing influence on his life. Read full book review >
OTIS REDDING by Jonathan Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Better late than never, the soul master receives his considerable due in this superbly researched and written biography."
A music biography with the depth to do its subject justice. Read full book review >
STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. 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 >