Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Kirschbaum provides a welcome sketch of Klinsmann, a thoughtful man of the world who has for years lived in California and who cannot be pigeonholed as merely a European trying to remake American soccer in the Old World image."
A sympathetic look at the man who is trying to transform American soccer and the methods he is using. Read full book review >
THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE ROLLING STONES by Rich Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A compact and conversant history that makes the story new again, capturing the Rolling Stones in all their Faustian glory."
A funny, personal, and professional history of the Rolling Stones. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 3, 2016

"A hopeful and optimistic treatise that will surely be required reading for performing arts students."
A guidebook for aspiring performing artists to help them navigate the business side of showbiz. Read full book review >
HOMINTERN by Gregory Woods
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 3, 2016

"An information-heavy book that provides a wonderful resource for those interested in learning about the rise of gay poetics at the onset of the 20th century."
A comprehensive anthropological survey exploring the ways in which the gay community has changed the world. Read full book review >
THE AUCTIONEER by Simon de Pury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"At times, the narrative reads like a gossip rag for the fabulously wealthy, but it's an enjoyable book that lets us live vicariously in the haut monde."
Renowned auctioneer de Pury presents a memoir full of gossip, anecdotes, and tales of the very, very rich. Read full book review >

PAUL MCCARTNEY by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A worthy biography that doesn't approach the greatness of its subject."
A biography of the multitalented musician, written with his "tacit approval." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 3, 2016

"Spirited, witty, and ferociously incisive."
Bitch Media co-founder and creative director Zeisler (Feminism and Pop Culture, 2008) ruminates about how the current wave of feminism does not "challenge beliefs…so much as it offers nips and tucks."Read full book review >
TRACK CHANGES by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 2, 2016

"Materiality, information, and absence: as Kirschenbaum rightly notes, literature is 'different after word processing,' and so is literary history. He makes a solid start in showing how."
A learned and lively study of the sometimes-uneasy fit between writing on a computer and writing generally. Read full book review >
MUSIC IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY by James Wierzbicki
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 30, 2016

"An ambitious yet frustrating account of music in an era that has much in common with our own."
A musicologist looks at the music of the 1950 as it relates to currents in American society as a whole. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 2016

"Despite the multiple sports explored and the large cast of characters, Futterman develops his theme seamlessly in a book that will appeal to casual fans as well as those who live and die according to the accomplishments of athletes."
In his debut, Wall Street Journal reporter Futterman explains how American professional athletes in a variety of sports morphed from poorly paid to multimillionaire status in the span of just a few decades.Read full book review >
BARBRA STREISAND by Neal Gabler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A worthy book, particularly for readers unfamiliar with any of the full-length Streisand biographies."
In the latest in the Jewish Lives series, an experienced biographer delves into Barbra Streisand's psyche. Read full book review >
PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS by Erika Janik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An entertaining history of women's daring, defiant life choices."
A history of the intrepid women who ventured into male territory to solve crimes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >