Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS by David Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A warm and well-researched—though not particularly compelling—appreciation of one of the stage's most beloved performers and, on the evidence here, least interesting legends."
The charmed life and times of Broadway sweetheart Mary Martin (1913-1990). Read full book review >
FOCUS by Michael Gross
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"Not a pretty picture of sex, drugs, beautiful women, and raw ambition."
The reality of fashion photography "can be murky, often decadent, and sometimes downright ugly." Read full book review >

SEINFELDIA by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"How nothing could become something or how a national TV audience learned to live in a Beckett-ian world. Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike."
Welcome to an upfront seat at one of TV's most popular sitcoms. Read full book review >
WHO SHOT SPORTS by Gail Buckland
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"Essential for all students of sports history and of photography and a fine gift for buffs as well."
Superb anthology of sports photographs, coupled with an illuminating text exploring the making of images both iconic and unknown. Read full book review >
AHEAD OF THE CURVE by Brian Kenny
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A delight for baseball lovers but also a useful parable about the power of habit and tradition, barriers to accepting answers hiding in plain sight for years."
From his many years at ESPN and his current perch at the MLB Network, the TV face of the "Baseball Age of Enlightenment" reflects on the rise of analytics and the torpedoing of decadeslong conventional baseball wisdom. Read full book review >

LIFT by Daniel Kunitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"An excellent contribution to the literature of athletic performance and of interest to anyone with a penchant for self-improvement—and not just physical."
A wide-ranging history of fitness. Read full book review >
A CHILD'S FIRST BOOK OF TRUMP by Michael Ian Black
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"Just about as ephemeral as a Trump's noxious emissions."
Like an orange potato with arms, legs, and windblown blond hair—and, of course, a big mouth—Americus trumpus is explicated for a putative child audience. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 28, 2016

"An absolute must for any Star Trek fan."
"Boldly go where no man has gone before": the oral history of the Star Trek franchise. Read full book review >
PARTY OF ONE by Dave Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y."
The former MTV VJ waxes nostalgic on his life in pop culture. Read full book review >
ON BOWIE by Rob Sheffield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sheffield is the right writer for this book, but its hasty production is evident on nearly every page."
A critic's earnest elegy for the late rock star's influence on music, fashion, sexuality, and personal transformation. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF NAILS by Lenny Dykstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Dykstra makes no apologies, offering 'the real truth,' but readers' opinions of him will be harsh."
A former professional baseball player details how his go-for-broke attitude on the baseball diamond continued after his retirement and eventually ruined him. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >