Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

I WEAR THE BLACK HAT by Chuck Klosterman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 9, 2013

"A fine return to form for Klosterman, blending Big Ideas with heavy metal, The Wire, Batman and much more."
Of John Rawls and Keith Richards: Klosterman (The Visible Man, 2011, etc.) returns with a pop-culture-laden meditation on the bad guys of the world and what they mean. Read full book review >
SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS by Aisha Tyler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 9, 2013

"Smart, sassy and surprisingly wise."
An actress and comedian's episodic ruminations about the painful blunders that helped shape her as a person and a successful stand-up comic. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 3, 2013

"A lucid and entertaining analysis of contemporary quality TV, highly recommended to anyone who turns on the box to be challenged and engaged."
The new golden age of television and how we got there. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 2013

"A fascinating and moving piece of American history and a meditation on the cost of entertainment and human progress."
Daly (The Book of Mychal, 2009) tells the story of the infamous 1903 execution of Topsy, a man-killing circus elephant. Read full book review >
IMPERFECT HARMONY by Stacy Horn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"Even those unable to carry a tune will find that Horn's prose hits a high note."
The joyful journey of one woman's life through song. Read full book review >

"ON MY WAY" by Joseph Horowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2013

"A resurrection story that offers a significant contribution to the history of American popular theater."
A veteran music critic and historian excavates the long-buried story of the signal contributions made to the original staged production of Porgy and Bess by director Rouben Mamoulian (1897-1987). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here."
A thoughtful, incisive analysis of hip-hop—and pop music in general—from one of its foremost contemporary architects. Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS IN HOLLYWOOD by Lynda Obst
NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 2013

"Depth of detail and shrewd illustrative examples make this a must-read for anyone interested in the movie business."
Journalist-turned-producer Obst (Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches, 1996) casts a sharp eye over recent developments in Tinseltown. Read full book review >
HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN SHAKESPEARE by Ken Ludwig
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 11, 2013

"Don't buy this book to teach your children; take them along as you commit these beautiful speeches to memory."
Don't be fooled by the title. This book is for anyone who wants to brush up on Shakespeare. Read full book review >
Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan by Motez Bishara
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2013

"A thoroughly enjoyable read and a useful tool for any serious NBA fan."
Bishara, in a must-read for professional-basketball junkies, chronicles his journey as he sees 25 National Basketball Association games without paying face value for the tickets. Read full book review >
NO JOKE by Ruth R. Wisse
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2013

"Seriously funny, humorously serious, scholarly, witty and wise."
A survey and analysis of Jewish humor, from the Bible to Larry David and Sacha Baron Cohen. Read full book review >
MY LIFE by Isadora Duncan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2013

"A welcome new edition of a classic."
The legendary autobiography, with all the naughty bits restored. 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 >