Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2010

"An exemplary work of jazz biography."
Nolan (Ross Macdonald: A Biography, 1999) reconsiders the swing clarinetist-bandleader in a beautifully measured, unforgiving account. Read full book review >
CHASING THE MUSE by Gene Hull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2010

"A lively, indulgent memoir."
A musician reflects on his career and experiences from the Depression Era through the present. Read full book review >

POPS by Terry Teachout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2009

"A rewarding jazz biography and a revealing look at a broad swath of American cultural history."
A comprehensive, affectionate biography of arguably the single most important figure in the history of jazz. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A wonderful book that clearly and powerfully shows that Papp's own story was the most enduring drama he ever produced."
A poignant pastiche of interviews and "soliloquies" by many principals and walk-ons tells the story of New York's most powerful theater impresario. Read full book review >
MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW by Ralph Stanley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"An often tart yet affecting music memoir."
A usually taciturn folk icon takes an engaging ramble through his six-decade career. Read full book review >

SWEET THUNDER by Wil Haygood
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A wonderful book that deserves a wide audience."
The captivating life of the African-American champion who brought grace and style to the boxing ring in the 1940s and '50s. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 2009

"It's hard to imagine a more astute, more graceful guide to a remarkably creative period."
Just in time for our own era's economic collapse, a literary critic looks back at the unusually rich art of the 1930s. Read full book review >
WE DID PORN by Zak Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"The pleasure in this book comes not from living through the author's atypical experience, but in being taken deeper into areas of thought commonly perceived as taboo—a wild, entirely worthwhile ride."
Intelligent, frank and often hilarious meditation on the author's dual career as an artist and actor in adult videos. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Even mild sports enthusiasts will eat up this surprisingly moving account; baseball addicts will be over the wall."
The search for one of baseball's most famous relics. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 7, 2009

"A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete."
A journalist's adventures in a secluded Mexican community of the best endurance athletes in the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2009

"Wilkinson strikes exactly the right notes in this deft look at one of America's towering musical treasures."
An economical, unsentimental, illuminating look at the venerable folk singer. Read full book review >
RIPPED by Greg Kot
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Indispensable for anyone who wants to understand popular music in the 21st century."
Clear, concise and entertaining account of the tectonic shift in the recording industry over the past decade, thanks to technological innovations like the Internet, the MP3 and the iPod. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >