Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A wild haymaker for the masses, perhaps, but a knockout read for capes-and-cowls aficionados."
A smart, blow-by-blow narrative of the sometimes-friendly, often bitter rivalry between corporate comic-book behemoths. Read full book review >
I'M FINE...AND OTHER LIES by Whitney  Cummings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A zippy, unabashed narrative confronting personal adversity with an equal mix of humor and sincerity."
A witty memoir detailing the misfortunes of a Hollywood comedian, actor, and writer. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Instructive reading for every coach and every player in every sport—and fun, too."
An exploration of how to rebuild a professional basketball team. Read full book review >
THE CHICAGO CUBS by Rich Cohen
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cohen's accounts of the team, the players, the games and the culture surrounding the Cubs are brisk and informative, and his many personal stories, strung like holiday lights throughout the narrative, illuminate a fan's frangible heart that annually repaired itself."
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908—and thereby hangs this tale. Read full book review >
START TO FINISH by Eric Lax
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Allen fans will delight in spending time with him by proxy, and anyone interested in modern film should find much of interest in this well-reported study."
A Woody Allen confidant follows the legendary filmmaker step by step through the making of a movie. Read full book review >

THE ENCORE by Charity  Tillemann-Dick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An uplifting story of overcoming significant odds to fulfill a dream."
A renowned American soprano tells the "personal mythology of [her] opera." Read full book review >
ALI by Jonathan Eig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exemplary life of an exemplary man who, despite a few missteps, deserves to be remembered long into the future."
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), the recently departed, self-styled greatest, gets an appropriately outsized—and first-rate—biography. Read full book review >
LIVE CINEMA AND ITS TECHNIQUES by Francis Ford  Coppola
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Technical and prescriptive, this will appeal primarily to hard-core aficionados."
The award-winning film director makes the case for a new kind of cinema. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read full book review >
DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >
WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS by Art  Garfunkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"There are many voyages here, some flashes of vision, and plenty of pretense."
The silky voiced singer looks back on his career and life. Read full book review >
SIGNIFICANT ZERO by Walt Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development."
Looking back on the decade he spent helping to create some of the most memorable titles in video gaming history, Williams comes clean on scripted violence, workplace politics, situational morality, and the deleterious effects of little sleep and a junk-food diet. 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 >