Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

LIFE IS NOT AN ACCIDENT by Jay Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Of a piece with other inspirational and aspirational memoirs by athletes who have overcome adversity."
Memoir/cautionary tale by former basketball star Williams, whose fortunes were utterly changed a decade ago following a motorcycle accident. Read full book review >
GROUCHO MARX by Lee Siegel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A perceptive, though dark, portrait."
An unsparing look at the abrasive performer. Read full book review >

ALL MONSTERS MUST DIE by Magnus Bärtås
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A clear and troubling picture of a country forced to embrace madness."
Two Swedish artists (one visual, the other musical) record their impressions of a one-week sojourn in North Korea in 2008. Read full book review >
ONE BREATH by Adam Skolnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A worthy addition to the growing body of literature on adventures that test the limits of nature and mankind."
A fatality spurs an inquiry into an extreme sport, illuminating the risks—as well as the rewards—of free diving. Read full book review >
LOVING AMY by Janis Winehouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Although this book may help others going through the heartbreak of addiction, readers may wonder whether it is helpful to the legacy of Amy Winehouse herself."
Winehouse's candid memoir of life with her award-winning, bestselling, hugely talented, and desperately troubled daughter, Amy Winehouse (1983-2011). Read full book review >

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 >
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 >