Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Confessional humor at its warm and wicked best."
Actor and bestselling author Fry's (Stephen Fry in America, 2009, etc.) at times meandering but always charming memoir of "a late adolescence and early manhood crowded with incident." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"A fitting, illuminating tribute to a game that many believe was the best ever."
Thorough chronicle of the legendary 1992 NCAA basketball tournament clash between Duke and Kentucky. Read full book review >

GOSSIP by Joseph Epstein
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Amusing and serious in equal measures, Epstein grants readers the pleasurable company of a master observer of humanity's foibles."
The celebrated essayist anatomizes our sociocultural obsession with gossip, delineating the ways that it can bring people together as well as tear them apart. Read full book review >
BEST MUSIC WRITING 2011 by Alex Ross
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A great incentive to fire up Spotify, or even the old stereo."
New Yorker music editor Ross (Listen to This, 2010, etc.) curates the year's finest scribbling about sound. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 2011

"Informative fun for every variety of music lover."
The subtitle accurately states the range of this lively, virtually all-inclusive survey of all things pianistic by Piano Today founder Isacoff (Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization, 2001). Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"A hip, clever, informative look at an unjustifiably dismissed musical era that will have readers scouring iTunes for the perfect accompanying soundtrack."
Readers may assume that a book whose title riffs on a Talking Heads deep cut would be pretty cool; they would be right. Read full book review >
COCO CHANEL by Lisa Chaney
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Chaney's engagement with her subject is evident throughout, and her exhaustive research into Chanel's life—especially its darker, more enigmatic corners—and the cultural history she so profoundly impacted make the book as fascinating as it is informative."
In this ambitious, engrossing biography, Chaney (Hide-and-Seek with Angels: A Life of J.M. Barrie, 2006, etc.) delves into the life and times of one of the 20th century's most controversial fashion icons. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"The definitive word on a loved, loathed, maddeningly complex broadcasting legend."
You could make a case that Howard Cosell (1918-1995) was the single most important sports broadcaster ever. You would be right. Read full book review >
PRINCE by Ronin Ro
Released: Nov. 11, 2011

"An energetic, detailed balance of reportage and criticism about an icon of his era."
Did 10 years of researching the enigmatic Prince pay off? You bet. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A flavorful, balanced piece of music-biz history."
Greenfield (A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties, 2009, etc.) delivers a compulsively readable, evenhanded biography of Atlantic Records' founder. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A deeply reported, thoroughly engaging look at what it takes to succeed in the NFL—and a perfect complement to the NFL Network's compelling miniseries Bill Belichick: A Football Life."
A longtime Patriots chronicler goes inside the brain trust of the NFL's most successful team. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"Important lessons learned from a unique band of musical pioneers."
A celebration of the Grateful Dead as the accidental gurus of enlightened business practices. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >