Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

PLAY ANYTHING by Ian Bogost
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A delightful book that promotes playfulness with a purpose."
Why the best way to happily take on the challenges of modern life is to turn them into games. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era."
A provocative, multifaceted portrait of essential rap pioneers who ushered the hip-hop music scene to greatness. Read full book review >

SORRY NOT SORRY by Naya Rivera
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"There's nothing groundbreaking, but the actress comes across as down-to-earth, likable, and humanly fallible."
The former Glee star looks back with amusement and a feisty attitude on a career in modeling and acting. Read full book review >
Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A valuable, absorbing contribution to the history of women, golden-age Hollywood, and America's magazine culture of the 1930s and '40s."
A biography of Jane Hall, a writer for magazines and movies, traces the complicated, warring pressures of talent and the feminine mystique. Read full book review >
THE CAPTAIN MYTH by Richard Gillis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Published to coincide with this year's competition, viewers/critics will be quick to place blame (yet again) on the losing captain."
How important is a Ryder Cup captain? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Snarky, unconventional humor that pokes fun at just about everything."
One woman's quirky perspective on life. Read full book review >
LASTING IMPACT by Kostya Kennedy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Kennedy ably lays out the issues and raises the questions but offers no answers."
An award-winning sports biographer returns with an assessment of the medical risks to high school football players. Read full book review >
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Jessica Luther
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Highly relevant, hard-hitting, much-needed information that reveals the widespread existence of rape by sports players on college campuses."
Investigative reporting that uncovers the rape culture surrounding college sports, particularly football. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WORDS by Cheryl B. Klein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers serious about writing for young people could do far worse than start here."
An industry leader offers a manual for aspiring writers of fiction for children and teens. Read full book review >
THE TETRIS EFFECT by Dan Ackerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An all-inclusive history behind one of the most popular video games ever."
How a simple computer game of cascading geometric shapes became a worldwide phenomenon. Read full book review >
DECIDING WHAT'S TRUE by Lucas Graves
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A keenly observed visit to a new world whose geography we can now better comprehend."
A journalism professor charts the advent and ubiquity of fact-checking in our polarized political present and the profoundly altered world of journalism. Read full book review >
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I'VE DONE by Matt Pinfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Pinfield is a disarmingly likable guide through rock 'n' roll's twilight, though he occasionally epitomizes a music industry hustler."
A charming, rambling account of a life saved by rock 'n' roll—and devoted to the music industry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >