Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

THE SICK BAG SONG by Nick Cave
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like Cave's growling music, this book isn't for everyone, but who doesn't like the specter of 'a gloop of ectoplasm spurting through the orange air'?"
The gloomy Aussie rock star ponders the ways of the road in this blend of prose and poetry. Read full book review >
LITERARY WONDERLANDS by Laura Miller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An encyclopedic look at literary landscapes featuring an encyclopedia's breadth and lack of depth."
A stroll through 98 of "the greatest fictional worlds ever created." Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Experiencing North Korean 'method acting' in the most visceral way."
An ingenious method of penetrating the most isolated country in the world allows an Australian filmmaker access to what proves to be a surprisingly sympathetic North Korean soul. Read full book review >
PHOG by Scott Morrow Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A biography whose dough needs less honey and more salt."
A freelance sportswriter debuts with a generous, admiring account of the life of pioneering basketball coach Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen (1885-1974). Read full book review >
TO PIXAR AND BEYOND by Lawrence Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A footnote to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but not a minor one."
Pixar's former chief financial officer turns in an insider's account of one of the world's most influential digital media companies. Read full book review >

THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER by Phil West
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans of MLS will appreciate West's perspective, and those who are not yet fans may be convinced by this brief, worthwhile history."
A perfectly fine book about an adequate soccer league. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DREAMER by Tommy Hilfiger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An honest, straightforward, mostly entertaining autobiography of the man who created a classic yet hip line of clothing."
A memoir from the famed fashion designer. Read full book review >
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Engaging because it doesn't take itself too seriously."
A fitfully amusing memoir that seems to be based on the (seemingly correct) premise that any comedian can land a book deal. Read full book review >
BEATLES '66 by Steve Turner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Sir Paul once remarked to the author, 'We were just four kids trying to earn a living.' They were much, much more, of course, and while he breaks little new ground, Turner does a nice job of capturing them at their best."
A pleasing romp through the Beatles' annus mirabilis. Read full book review >
GUNSLINGER by Jeff Pearlman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though not without its flaws, Pearlman's book is a complete, satisfying biography of a gunslinger who, for both better and worse, was far more complex than most fans have understood."
A warts-and-all biography of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >