Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

THE B SIDE by Ben Yagoda
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A provocative, consistently engaging counternarrative to the conventional wisdom that rock 'n' roll killed Tin Pan Alley."
The latest from Yagoda (Journalism/Delaware Univ.; How to Not Write Bad, 2013, etc.) shows good ears, strong critical instincts and an unabashed love for a variety of music, including the rock 'n' roll that supposedly closed the pages on the Great American Songbook—the few hundred standards that have endured through a wide variety of distinctive interpretations. Read full book review >
REELING THROUGH LIFE by Tara Ison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though well-written and engaging, this is basically a book-length aphorism, something discharged by Paddy Chayefsky in a single passage from Network."
Novelist and nonfiction author Ison (Rockaway, 2013) unspools a montage of images that illustrate how her thoughts and feelings were channeled through lives on the big screen.Read full book review >

CULTURE CRASH by Scott Timberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Timberg's bibliographic essay cites many authors echoing his arguments; a more focused analysis and concrete solutions would have strengthened this book."
A journalist investigates the state of the arts. Read full book review >
RESILIENCE by Jessie Close
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Despite the slow start, the book is packed with emotion and courageous personal reflections."
An honest tale of living with bipolar disorder. Read full book review >
PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG by Marky Ramone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A workmanlike but illuminating book for fans of the Ramones and punk rock in general."
The last Ramone standing dishes on Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy, but the drummer is a lot more revealing about his own remarkable life outside the famously dysfunctional band. Read full book review >

SILVER SCREEN FIEND by Patton Oswalt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally."
A comedian's lively memoir about his movie addiction. Read full book review >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH by Minae Mizumura
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A best-seller in Japan, Mizumura's essay is likely to find only a narrow audience here, but that does not diminish its urgency in the least."
Are these the last days of writers writing in Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and other languages? This slender book finds reason to worry that with English as the "universal language," national literatures will disappear. Read full book review >
MR. AMERICA by John D. Fair
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An entertaining narrative of the bodybuilding subculture in America."
A history of the Mr. America pageant, the first major competitive bodybuilding showcase that helped popularize the sport. Read full book review >
GEORGE HARRISON by Graeme Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Indifferent writing and tut-tutting and shallow criticism conspire to make this of interest mostly to completist collectors."
New biography of the youngest, gloomiest Beatle. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >
THE WRITERS by Miranda J. Banks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"An interesting case study of the impact of evolving technologies and distribution methods on a labor union's priorities and strategies."
Well-informed survey of film and TV writers' decadeslong battle to defend their economic and creative interests. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >