Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

DOUBLE VISION by William Middleton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A well-written, highly informative book for devotees of the modern art world."
A massive dual biography of Dominique and John de Menil, who did not strive for the limelight but still helped to lead the modern art movement in the United States. Read full book review >
A SEASON IN THE SUN by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A brisk account of a career and a culture that presages much of our current-day obsession with celebrity."
Roberts (History/Purdue Univ.) and Smith (American History/Georgia Tech Univ.) follow their previous collaboration (Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, 2016) with a hybrid book about baseball legend Mickey Mantle (1931-1995). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A poignantly compelling memoir about family, mental health, and revisiting the past."
A public relations executive tells the story of her once-glamorous mother's decline into mental illness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A breezy, affably written amalgam of memoir, advice, and workplace survival guide from the front lines of the entertainment industry."
A TV writer reflects on carving out a career in male-dominated Hollywood. Read full book review >
TWENTIETH-CENTURY BOY by Duncan Hannah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Devotees of the underground art and punk scenes of 1970s New York will devour Hannah's journals, each page of which contains something fascinating or worthy of note—best enjoyed while listening to Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs,' Television's 'Marquee Moon,' and Patti Smith's 'Horses.'"
An intensely personal and engrossing portrait of a bygone era. Read full book review >

FROM THE LEFT by Bill Press
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A lively and refreshing memoir."
A politically liberal radio and TV host reflects on his unconventional career path. Read full book review >
THE KEVIN SHOW by Mary Pilon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Grippingly provocative reading."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of one man's struggle with a rare form of bipolar disorder called the Truman Show delusion. Read full book review >
STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
ASTRAL WEEKS by Ryan H. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A patchy work of pop history that tells more than it shows."
A chaotic cultural chronicle of a great city during a pivotal year. Read full book review >
WE MATTER by Etan Thomas
Released: March 6, 2018

"Voices of pain, anger, and hope resound through these pages—and through the reader's heart."
A former NBA player and current activist and MSNBC commentator returns with a collection of dozens of interviews on the subject of race in America—all supporting the efforts of athletes to speak out and up. Read full book review >
3 KINGS by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A wide-ranging survey of the first four decades of hip-hop that vividly brings some of the culture's biggest success stories into one place."
A reported history of the business and businesses of hip-hop. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A powerful debut that will resonate especially with readers who have loved and lost someone to addiction."
A penetrating story about the author's experience witnessing addiction claim her brother's life. 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 >