Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

MJ by Steve Knopper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Michael Jackson was, indeed, a genius. But he was undoubtedly a troubled genius, as this sweeping biography reveals."
A critical biography of the King of Pop that tries to keep the art at the forefront. Read full book review >
CHANGING THE SUBJECT by Sven Birkerts
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Cogent and thoughtful, if nostalgic, essays urging our attention not to iPads and smartphones but to art."
A literary critic questions the effect of digital technology on minds, literature, and creativity. Read full book review >

RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating gift to theater lovers."
The riotous revival of Broadway. Read full book review >
M TRAIN by Patti Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Not as focused as Just Kids, but an atmospheric, moody, and bittersweet memoir to be savored and pondered."
Iconic poet, writer, and artist Smith (Just Kids, 2010, etc.) articulates the pensive rhythm of her life through the stations of her travels.Read full book review >
PITCH BY PITCH by Bob Gibson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating account from one of baseball's most formidable pitchers."
Gibson relives in detail, and with many asides, the brilliant first game he threw against the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series. Read full book review >

THE SONG MACHINE by John Seabrook
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"A revelatory ear-opener, as the music business remains in a state of significant flux."
New Yorker staff writer Seabrook (Flash of Genius: And Other True Stories of Invention, 2008, etc.) examines the seismic shifts in the music industry. Read full book review >
DIETRICH & RIEFENSTAHL by Karin Wieland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"A sweeping, revelatory dual biography."
Two icons and their turbulent times. Read full book review >
THE BETRAYAL by Charles Fountain
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"The scandal was a game-shattering event and cleansed baseball for a moment. Fountain writes of it with professional élan, which means letting the facts not speak but sing."
An investigation of one of the most long-lived and still-living sports scandals: the possible throwing of the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Read full book review >
THE FIRST KING OF HOLLYWOOD by Tracey Goessel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An informative, engaging life of a film icon."
A lively biography of a lauded actor. Read full book review >
STRANGE TOOLS by Alva Noë
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A searching and learned response to vexing, long-debated questions."
Art as communication, transaction, and philosophy. Read full book review >
JOY RIDE by John Lahr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"An exuberant, entertaining collection."
Portraits from a devoted theatergoer. Read full book review >
A CARLIN HOME COMPANION by Kelly Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A funny, honest, and compassionate account of growing up with a master of comedy."
George Carlin's daughter offers an intimate look at her life growing up with a comedy legend. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >