Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

NOT MY FATHER'S SON by Alan Cumming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer."
The award-winning actor uncovers his family's darkest secret. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >

BREAKFAST AT SOTHEBY'S by Philip Hook
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A winner. Readers will learn more about the modern art market in this simple book than in any college course."
Hook (The Ultimate Trophy: How the Impressionist Painting Conquered the World, 2009, etc.) uses his years of experience to explain why paintings succeed or fail. Read full book review >
BOY ON ICE by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch debuts with a biography of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011), a fierce fighter on the ice who died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers at the age of 28. Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF STYLE by Steven Pinker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library."
Yet another how-to book on writing? Indeed, but this is one of the best to come along in many years, a model of intelligent signposting and syntactical comportment. Read full book review >

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL by Ellen T. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Musical in structure, tone and emotional effect."
An author of scholarly works about George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) returns with a more general work about the prolific composer and his milieu. Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >
RICKEY & ROBINSON by Roger Kahn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A gripping, informative blend of memoir and cultural history."
The author of the classic The Boys of Summer (1972) and numerous other titles about the national pastime returns with a personal account of the fracturing of the racial barrier in Major League Baseball. Read full book review >
COSBY by Mark Whitaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The answer is yes, and in more ways than one. An eye-opening book and a pleasure to read."
Readable, thoughtful life of the brilliant comedian and entrepreneur. Read full book review >
THE FIGHTER'S WAY by Nick Gorman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A snappy little handbook that could easily lead to deeper involvement in the sport."
South African national muay thai champion Gorman offers a concise introduction to this martial art. Read full book review >
CREATING THE FUTURE by Michael Fallon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A well-researched, wide-ranging history that amply captures the confusion, contradictions and enormous energy of one triumphant decade."
The story of how, despite great odds, a viable art scene bloomed in Southern California. Read full book review >
THE FAME LUNCHES by Daphne Merkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >