Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

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 >

Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A compassionate celebration of the human spirit that doesn't gloss over tough realities."
Freelance sportswriter and motivational speaker Garlett (What Were They Thinking?: The Brainless Blunders that Changed Sports History, 2009, etc.) writes with humor and brutal honesty about his 17-year battle to defeat cancer. Read full book review >
THAT IS ALL by John Hodgman
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Just the sort of book to keep by your bed—a bundle of knowing laughs, though at whom is ever the question at hand."
John Hodgman is a busy man. And, on the strength of the published evidence, including this new book, a very strange man indeed. Read full book review >
OCCAM'S RACQUET by Marcus Paul Cootsona
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A fine tennis advice book about having fun while making a better you."
Professional tennis coach Cootsona offers cuttingly humorous, brightly intelligent advice on how enthusiastic players can improve their games. Read full book review >
PAULINE KAEL by Brian Kellow
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"Like Kael's own books, this bio is a page-turner."
The first biography of arguably the most influential and controversial film critic at a turning point in cinema history. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 2011

"A funky-fresh exposé on the 1980s arbiters of cool."
The architects of MTV get more play than Madonna and company in this outrageous yet surprisingly lucid account of the cable channel's defiant first decade of decadence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Much of this work is available in earlier collections such as The Great Shark Hunt, but that doesn't make this any less essential—a fine gathering by one of the best writers of our time."
The late master of gonzo journalism and dispenser of drug-addled opinion returns with this collection of his pieces for Rolling Stone magazine. Read full book review >
WEST BY WEST by Jerry West
Released: Oct. 19, 2011

"In a genre notorious for merely waving pompoms, West offers an unusually candid account of his personal and professional life."
From the player so iconic his silhouette forms the NBA logo, a memoir intended to explain himself to fans and to...himself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >