Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America."
Capturing baseball and its relationship to society in the 1960s on and off the field through the experiences of two teams and their two star pitchers. Read full book review >
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 >

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 >

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 >
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. Read full book review >
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES by David Friend
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."
How multiculturalism and sexual liberation shaped a distinctive decade. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >
UNSTOPPABLE by Maria  Sharapova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sharapova demonstrates consistent dedication and impressive wisdom for her age."
Professional tennis celebrity Sharapova relates her remarkable immigration saga and writes candidly about her career, family, and personal life. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. 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 >