Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

PTL by John  Wigger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A worthy, clearly written account of a movement and its downfall."
A history professor recounts and updates the scandals revolving around the PTL Club and its guiding lights, evangelical preachers Jim Bakker and his then-wife, Tammy Faye Bakker. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fascinating and necessary critical work."
An acclaimed children's literature scholar picks up the mantle of Walter Dean Myers, Nancy Larrick, and others by exploring the ways in which the lack of diversity in children's literature negatively affects American culture as a whole. Read full book review >

FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK by Mattias Boström
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"For fans of literature, film history, and Conan Doyle alike, a fine complement to the best works of Sherlock-iana."
A spirited account of how Sherlock became a household name. Read full book review >
AFTER ANDY by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A pop icon's star-studded legacy decorated with red-carpet prestige."
The life and fame of "the American godfather of Pop art" as seen through the doting eyes of a former Factory staffer. Read full book review >
THE STARS IN OUR EYES by Julie Klam
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"Entertaining but shallow. Klam is perhaps too sensible a writer to care much about the filtered world of celebrities, and her fundamental indifference to the subject, no matter how she struggles to overcome it, makes the book seem less than essential."
A collection of essays on our culture's fascination with celebrities. Read full book review >

EQUIPMENT FOR LIVING by Michael Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Robbins prefers his equipment for living abstract, but he can definitely take it straight, a point the book's concluding Basho-to-Beyoncé and Beyond playlist makes abundantly clear."
Are Wallace Stevens and Bob Dylan permanently at odds, or do they have something in common? Read full book review >
ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >
NIGHT CLASS by Victor P.  Corona
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Sociology taken to the streets and basements, yielding a well-wrought introduction to a scene little known—and perhaps little imagined—to outsiders."
An engaging, if unlikely, memoir of a scholar by day, club hopper by night. Read full book review >
SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY by Roger  Steffens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The author's approach allows him to tell more of the story, and even without presenting Marley's voice directly, this is an illuminating portrait of an extraordinary life."
An oral history that presents a well-rounded portrait of the music legend, allowing for multiple, sometimes-conflicting, points of view. Read full book review >
THE GREAT NADAR by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Begley capably brings to life the lost Parisian world where Nadar held court. His outsized personality dominates this enjoyable and amply illustrated volume."
A lively portrait of a photography pioneer who altered the cultural landscape of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF BEBOP by Elaine M.  Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Informative and well-intentioned but sometimes pedestrian and lacking the elegant effervescence of Vaughan's singing."
A biography of the great jazz singer whose commercial success seldom equaled her enormous gifts. Read full book review >
LEAP IN by Alexandra Heminsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A lighthearted book to appeal to fellow swimmers."
Having conquered land as a serial marathoner, the author turns her athletic attentions toward the sea. 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 >