Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The book is not without flaws, but Gray effectively shows how The Graduate, despite ignoring the flashpoint issues of the day, worked as a subversive force in a period about to reassess its cinematic and cultural conventions."
A Hollywood industry insider unspools an absorbing, sometimes-uneven analysis of a film classic on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >

GIRL LOGIC by Iliza  Shlesinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An amusing stand-up bit buckles under the weight of a book-length treatment."
A successful comedian tries to square gender stereotypes with the realities of how women really live. Read full book review >
A BODY OF WORK by David  Hallberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A moving if scattershot account of every dancer's worst nightmare and the sacrifices required to overcome it."
A brilliant dancer chronicles his success at two of the world's major ballet companies and the injury that almost cost him his career. Read full book review >
HIGHBROW, LOWBROW, BRILLIANT, DESPICABLE by Editors of New York Magazine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"History, local and global, unfolds in this fine gathering that represents a half-century and more than 2,300 issues."
A great magazine is commemorated with an equally top-flight anthology. Read full book review >

FIRST TIME EVER by Peggy  Seeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quirky, unique, and fabulously memorable memoir."
A British-American musician reflects on her long life and colorful career as a folk singer. Read full book review >
MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >
JEWISH COMEDY by Jeremy Dauber
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis."
An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor. Read full book review >
BOB DYLAN by Jonathan Cott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An engaging archive of Dylan's own perspective on his artistic process and ever changing cultural significance."
A dense compendium of significant feature interviews with Bob Dylan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A lively exploration of the history of art and the tastemakers and dealers whose influence in shaping it is often overlooked."
A narrative of the art dealers and gallerists who have shaped art history from behind the scenes. Read full book review >
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SOCCER by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Naturally, soccer fans will get more out of this book than fans of other sports, but anyone who is passionate about a game and is willing to read a smart assessment of what it means to be a fan will find much to admire."
An exploration of why soccer is beautiful and how its beauty (and occasional ugliness) manifests. Read full book review >
WAYNE AND FORD by Nancy Schoenberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There's nothing groundbreaking here, but compleatist fans of Wayne and Ford will enjoy revisiting the films discussed."
Biography of the two figures, actor and director, who defined the Western film genre. 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 >