Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

PLANET FUNNY by Ken Jennings
Released: May 29, 2018

"This book is full of good sense and meaningful interviews, and it would be difficult to find a smarter or more satisfying treatment of a subject so evanescent and idiosyncratic as comedy."
In his second departure from quiz-show fare, Jennings (Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, 2012, etc.) tracks the development of an abiding personal passion: comedy. Read full book review >
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >

KICKFLIP BOYS by Neal Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A highly candid memoir of parenthood that often fascinates and occasionally frustrates as the author tries to come to terms with the causes that have produced these particular effects."
Permissive parenting clashes with adolescent rebellion amid the skateboarding subculture. Read full book review >
I'M KEITH HERNANDEZ by Keith Hernandez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Often candid and even self-deprecating memories by an athlete who once stood at the summit of his profession."
A former major league baseball All-Star and MVP—and current TV analyst for the New York Mets—reviews his boyhood and the dawn of his professional career and reveals some of the secrets of his success. Read full book review >
UPON FURTHER REVIEW by Mike Pesca
Released: May 15, 2018

"Some quibbles aside, this is sports escapism brought to new and entertaining heights."
More than 30 what-if stories that reinvent sports history, and perhaps the greater national history. Read full book review >

ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"In this solidly reported and much-anticipated book, Itzkoff delivers a revealing portrait of the motivations of a quiet comic genius whose explosive persona moved millions."
A New York Times culture reporter uses both straight reporting and insightful analysis in the first major biography of Robin Williams (1951-2014). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An affectionate portrait of an eminent musician who was driven by demons."
A gossip-filled memoir of life with a musical superstar. Read full book review >
CELESTIAL BODIES by Laura Jacobs
Released: May 8, 2018

"'They're doing choreography,' Danny Kaye sang in White Christmas. As Jacobs demonstrates, however, ballet is so much more."
Ballet is a pleasure to watch, but some of its subtleties may be lost on the average viewer. Here, a dance critic tries to explain them. Read full book review >
PAUL SIMON by Robert Hilburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, a book that delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician."
Searching biography of the renowned songwriter, well known for his melancholic songs and competitive, perfectionist nature. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An appealing blend of sports history and provocative discussion of race and success, respect and representation in America."
A well-researched meditation on the historical pressures on African-American athletes to embrace (or avoid) political engagement. Read full book review >
I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING by A.D. Jameson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A book that might prove useful to fellow gen-Xers who find themselves outside geek culture or those who have resisted the force of fantasy all these years but who now wish to learn what all the phantom menace is about."
In defense of our new geek overlords. 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 >