Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >
THE GAME'S NOT OVER by Gregg Easterbrook
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A breezy read that provides cultural context to accompany another football season."
An unabashed fan of professional football offers a spirited defense of a sport besieged by controversy. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An amusingly shrewd memoir of following a lifelong dream."
Kessler (Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-aging, 2013, etc.) chronicles her obsession with dancing The Nutcracker.Read full book review >
Glamourville by Eric Coyote
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"A harsh film-industry coming-of-age story."
Coyote (Invaders from the Outer Rim, 2015, etc.) delivers a novel about a young man making his way in Hollywood. Read full book review >
TRAVELLING TO WORK by Michael Palin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A satisfying if sometimes-dark read for Palin's many fans. Those interested in the inner workings of showbiz will find much of value, too."
Now is the '90s of our discontent…. Read full book review >

ANDRE THE GIANT by Brandon Easton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"An earnest if colorless picture of both a career and a character."
A graphic biography of a gentle (outside the ring, anyway) giant who helped take professional wrestling from a grubby, localized sport to today's glittering international spectacle. Read full book review >
CONCUSSION by Jeanne Marie Laskas
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Effectively sobering. Suffice it to say that Pop Warner parents will want to armor their kids from head to toe upon reading it."
A maddening, well-constructed tale of medical discovery and corporate coverup, set in morgues, laboratories, courtrooms, and football fields. Read full book review >
OVER THE TOP AND BACK by Tom Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A remarkable memoir by a remarkable artist."
The memoir of the resilient career of a singer who knows how closely he succumbed to self-parody. Read full book review >
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too."
Understated but revealing memoir by the long-absent but still much-played pop star. Read full book review >
APPROACHING ALI by Davis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author's ambitions."
A journalist's obsession with his subject is renewed. Read full book review >
The Bakersfield Sound by Robert E. Price
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"An informative read that's well-suited to readers interested in country music and its history."
This debut nonfiction work traces the history, development, and legacy of the Californian country-music subgenre known as the "Bakersfield sound." Read full book review >
AMERICA DANCING by Megan Pugh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Pugh gracefully dances the fine line between critic and fan."
In her debut, a scholar and freelance critic transforms some key people and events into artful coat trees on which to hang the history of American popular dance. 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 >