Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

BILLIE HOLIDAY by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"As with the best of Holiday's music, this elegant and perceptive study is restrained, nuanced, and masterfully carried out."
Esteemed music scholar Szwed (Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, 2010, etc.) offers a portrait of Lady Day as artist and mythmaker rather than tragic victim.Read full book review >
I FOUND MY FRIENDS by Nick Soulsby
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 2015

"Besides appealing to fans, the book ably captures the lost milieu of independent rock, which Nirvana's moment irretrievably transformed."
You-are-there narrative of Nirvana's rise, focused on the trio's comrades at the dawn of Alternative Nation. Read full book review >

FIRE AND ICE by Jonathan Mingle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"If you weren't worried about climate change before, this is just the book to kindle your angst. A promising debut."
A searching, sobering, sometimes-scary look at an overlooked carrier of climate change. Read full book review >
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Michael Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"The breadth of Hitchcock's career and personal life defies easy summation, but Wood's quickly paced, informative biography is a welcome primer for anyone interested in learning more about one of film's most important figures."
A brief portrait of cinema's most iconic silhouette, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). Read full book review >
COUNTRY SOUL by Charles L. Hughes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 23, 2015

"An essential piece of Southern musical history."
Exploration of the racial politics that defined the country and soul music scenes during the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by Frank L. Cioffi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 2015

"A teacher's help would be required for students to find this book useful."
A chatty grammar manual. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 17, 2015

"Readers need not be fashion mavens to enjoy this entertaining episode of history, enhanced by Givhan's effortless ability to illustrate the models and designers (particularly Lambert) who changed how we dress."
On Nov. 28, 1973, Parisian haute couture faced off against the upstart American designers, and the Americans blew them away. In her debut book, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post fashion critic Givhan delivers a delightful, encyclopedic exploration of the players and leaders in the field.Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE PIMP by Dennis Hof
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Those seeking depictions of graphic sex and the ins and outs of prostitution will dig Hof's salacious memoir. Others should steer clear."
In this sex-drenched memoir, the proprietor of the Las Vegas brothel the Moonlite BunnyRanch spills his guts about the joys of running a stable of women. Read full book review >
JOHN PRINE by Eddie Huffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2015

"It's difficult for Huffman to establish much stylistic continuity when he relies so heavily on quotes from other journalists, but the unlikely success of the reluctant performer makes for fascinating reading."
A guide to the troubadour's career lacks access to the artist himself but benefits from a subject who is as intriguing as his songs. Read full book review >
GOLDENEYE by Matthew Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2015

"A well-written look at Fleming's life, though the book is even better as an indictment of the anachronistic colonialism of the 1950s and the end of the British Empire."
Parker (The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies, 2011, etc.) considers Ian Fleming's escape to Jamaica, where he created James Bond and did his best to avoid the high-society life that followed him there.Read full book review >
THE CHINA COLLECTORS by Karl E. Meyer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 10, 2015

"Assiduous research underlies a text that will appeal principally to art historians and devotees of Asian art."
Two journalists explore the allure of Asian art for museum directors, collectors, archaeologists and others. Read full book review >
NO SIMPLE HIGHWAY by Peter Richardson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"Not quite as smartly conceived and written as Greil Marcus' Invisible Republic (1997), but a kindred book that helps locate an influential musical group in time and place."
Far-ranging look at the ultimate jam band in the acid-drenched context of their formative years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >