Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

LUCKY JIM by James Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A finely written, painful, but profound book."
A former business executive tells the moving story of his rise from poverty to privilege and the secrets that haunted—and almost destroyed—his life. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brave and moving tale of food, family, and psychology."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger tells the story of his struggle to come to terms with his Portuguese heritage, bipolar disorder, and homosexuality. Read full book review >

LETTERMAN by Jason Zinoman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"This incisive, illuminating book shows the personal toll that success took on all responsible, the price paid for laughs."
The tale of a tormented TV star and his legacy. Read full book review >
DIG IF YOU WILL THE PICTURE by Ben Greenman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Likely not the definitive book on Prince, but certainly one that merits attention by fans and students of pop culture alike."
A satisfying portrait, warts included, of the Purple One, one-time heir to the thrones of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix alike. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY HAD AN OCEAN by William McKeen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Excellent social history, bracketing David Talbot's Season of the Witch (2012) as an indispensable account of a time of beauty and terror."
Searching account of 1960s Southern California, when the wistful innocence of the Beach Boys died alongside the victims of Charles Manson. Read full book review >

CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A great way to better understand the man behind the garish glasses and platform boots."
Veteran rock journalist Doyle (Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, 2014, etc.) continues his foray into the 1970s music scene with a compelling profile of an unlikely rock star. Read full book review >
MARILYN IN MANHATTAN by Elizabeth Winder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A touching, textured, and compellingly written slice of the iconic actress's life."
Marilyn Monroe's whirlwind engagement with New York City receives a fitting reflection. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A pleasing slice of baseball nostalgia that offers relevance to today's game."
The history of a fascinating franchise during professional baseball's colorful 1970s era. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A scintillating foray into 'what makes something collectible, valuable, and enduring.'"
The biography of a very special stamp. Read full book review >
Karate Science by J.D. Swanson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"An informative guide for those looking to enhance their karate training."
Swanson's debut is a scientific guide to the stances, movements, and techniques of karate. 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 >