Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

I'M JUST DEAD, I'M NOT GONE by Jim Dickinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"There's plenty of material, both in this book and from the decades the author doesn't cover, to suggest that a full-scale biography is overdue."
A memoir of sorts by the late Memphis musical legend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Careful, pointed writing shows us that professional sports should not be viewed in isolation from the society in which they function."
As social change roiled through the 1960s, Major League Baseball was sometimes a mirror, sometimes a window. 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 >
I LOVE MY SELFIE by Ilan Stavans
by Ilan Stavans, photographed by ADÁL
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2017

"Bright but uneven, inspiring but occasionally misguided, the book is a curious intellectual snapshot with a finger over the lens: a broad cultural landscape pulled unnecessarily into portraiture."
A bit of light academia on society's latest narcissistic trend, equal parts philosophical exploration and art criticism. 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 >

MUSTACHE SHENANIGANS by Jay Chandrasekhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A fond and funny look at the process of trying to succeed in the movie business and an inspirational tool for aspiring filmmakers."
Director and actor Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, Beerfest) gives a candid account of how he and the rest of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe broke into the movie business. Read full book review >
LEO DUROCHER by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"Baseball buffs will enjoy this well-researched, smoothly written biography of a complex man, but readers lacking interest in the MLB may be inclined to dismiss the mercurial Durocher as an unpleasant individual not worth trying to understand."
Prolific author Dickson (Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to Be, 2015, etc.) digs deep into the controversial baseball career and spicy extracurricular life of Leo Durocher (1905-1991). Read full book review >
GRACE NOTES by Katey Sagal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A candid, reflective memoir."
A Golden Globe-winning actress tells the story of her life as a singer/songwriter who unexpectedly became a TV star. Read full book review >
THE 1997 MASTERS by Tiger Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An astonishing story of accomplishment that would have been invigorated by more lively, animated prose."
An in-depth, inside look at the legendary golfer's historic 1997 Masters win. 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 >
REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES by Bassem Youssef
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the Arab Spring—even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a 'small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia'—then this odd book is just the guide."
Egyptian comic Youssef, a doctor-turned-satirist-turned-international media sensation, recounts the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Read full book review >
PRINTER'S ERROR by Rebecca Romney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spritely visit to the land of rare books."
The role of printed books in Western civilization recounted in diverting essays that recapitulate some significant events in the annals of bibliomania. 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 >