Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ELEPHANTS IN MY BACKYARD by Rajiv Surendra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"One of the more insightful and inspirational of the recent glut of showbiz memoirs."
A young actor loses a great role but finds a wonderful story to share. Read full book review >
BRESSON ON BRESSON by Robert Bresson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A terrific encapsulation of the philosophies and techniques behind the cinematic masterpieces of Robert Bresson, from the man himself."
Reflections of a cinematic grandmaster. Read full book review >

BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike."
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A SONG by Marc Myers
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An entertaining record of the soundtrack of the baby boomer era."
A cultural history of the elusive hit single, focused on artists' recollections and studio alchemy. Read full book review >

PETER O'TOOLE by Robert Sellers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This engrossing biography of an often excruciatingly difficult though uniquely gifted actor should encourage readers to seek out some of O'Toole's many memorable film performances."
The life and career of enigmatic stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013). Read full book review >
THE SICK BAG SONG by Nick Cave
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like Cave's growling music, this book isn't for everyone, but who doesn't like the specter of 'a gloop of ectoplasm spurting through the orange air'?"
The gloomy Aussie rock star ponders the ways of the road in this blend of prose and poetry. Read full book review >
LITERARY WONDERLANDS by Laura Miller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An encyclopedic look at literary landscapes featuring an encyclopedia's breadth and lack of depth."
A stroll through 98 of "the greatest fictional worlds ever created." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Experiencing North Korean 'method acting' in the most visceral way."
An ingenious method of penetrating the most isolated country in the world allows an Australian filmmaker access to what proves to be a surprisingly sympathetic North Korean soul. Read full book review >
PHOG by Scott Morrow Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A biography whose dough needs less honey and more salt."
A freelance sportswriter debuts with a generous, admiring account of the life of pioneering basketball coach Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen (1885-1974). Read full book review >
TO PIXAR AND BEYOND by Lawrence Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A footnote to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but not a minor one."
Pixar's former chief financial officer turns in an insider's account of one of the world's most influential digital media companies. Read full book review >
THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER by Phil West
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans of MLS will appreciate West's perspective, and those who are not yet fans may be convinced by this brief, worthwhile history."
A perfectly fine book about an adequate soccer league. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >