Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

IGGY by Paul Trynka
Released: April 10, 2007

"The author's love for a flawed-but-deep-down-okay dude, plus his amazing eye for detail, make this one of the finest rock bios of recent memory: Music and pop culture fans will dig it even if they don't dig Ig."
Is it possible to adore a rock star who has been known to throw watermelons at concertgoers, defecate onstage behind an amplifier and purposefully cut his bare chest with a shard of glass? You betcha. Read full book review >
NOT BY A LONG SHOT by T.D. Thornton
Released: April 2, 2007

"A fitting tribute to the race course that once featured Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Discovery and Whirlaway."
Terrific portrait of the 2000 season at Suffolk Downs, a mid-level, blue-collar, East Boston racetrack. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 2007

"A brisk, wised-up and highly entertaining consideration of a crucial musical epoch's many facets."
A key producer of England's folk-rock greats looks back at the '60s. Read full book review >
NAZI GAMES by David Clay Large
Released: April 1, 2007

"An excellent contribution to sports—and political—history."
The Olympics are supposed to transcend politics, but this fine study reminds us that the Berlin Games were nothing but political. Read full book review >

Released: March 13, 2007

"A worthy paean to an American legend."
Journalist Posnanski (The Good Stuff, 2001) accompanies a baseball legend on a cross-country journey to raise awareness of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A sleek and hardboiled seminar on cinema's glorious highs and hellish lows."
The playwright/screenwriter/director/essayist (The Wicked Son, Oct. 2006, etc.) presents lessons on the movie industry, seasoned with realism. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Explodes off the blocks and proceeds with grace and fluidity."
From the author of Cinderella Man (2005), another true-life tale of an underdog asserting his worth with a sports triumph. Read full book review >
LENI RIEFENSTAHL by Jürgen Trimborn
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Casts a bright light on the dark past of a superb artist who cozied up to killers, got what she wanted and spent the ensuing decades as the queen of denial."
A well-researched, judicious view of the life of the woman whose arresting images of the Third Reich pursued her until her death in 2003, at the age of 101. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Witty and wise; a true candidate for the All-Time Desert Island Top 5 Books About Pop Music."
A rock critic tells about the love of life via a series of 15 mix tapes full to bursting with songs of passion, regret and bad rhyme schemes. Read full book review >
WINIFRED WAGNER by Brigitte Hamann
Released: Dec. 4, 2006

"A unique perspective on the Wagners, centered on the clan's most controversial member and most tumultuous period."
Austrian historian Hamann (Hitler's Vienna, 1999) tells the story of a British-born woman who married into Germany's legendary musical family and befriended the leader of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE by Amanda Vaill
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"All the Robbins biographies have their merits, but this empathetic and accessible take is the one most likely to appeal to general readers."
Greg Lawrence exposed a monster (Dance with Demons, 2001), and Deborah Jowitt honored a choreographer (Jerome Robbins, 2004), but Vaill captures a human being in her account of the man who transformed 20th-century Broadway and ballet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >