Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Blending cultural history with biography, memoir and travelogue, Wall's carefully balanced book is, in itself, a successful tightrope traverse."
A Fulbright fellow immerses himself in the remarkable history of circuses. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A thoroughly researched, clearly written account of an obsessive search through the tangled borderland of fact and fiction, legend and myth."
A gracefully presented narrative of the 1956 John Ford film The Searchers, which was based on a 1954 novel that was based on an actual Comanche kidnapping of a white girl in 1836. Read full book review >

UNKNOWN PLEASURES by Peter Hook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Electric transmissions from a bygone era, etched in blood by someone who was there in body and spirit."
The propulsive bass guitarist for Joy Division puts his fingers on the beating pulse of one of the U.K.'s most influential bands. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A skillfully written tale of technology and wealth, celebrity and murder and the nativity of today's dominant art and entertainment medium."
National Book Award winner Ball (Writing/Yale Univ.; The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History Through DNA, 2007, etc.) returns with a complex story about railroad tycoon Leland Stanford and the murdering man who for a time was his protégé, pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid 'religion' and the faithful held in its sweaty grip."
A devastating history-cum-exposé of the Church of Scientology. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A gold mine of contemporary cautionary information for the sports-minded."
A fully functional sports manual focused on the awareness and prevention of common athletic injuries. Read full book review >
THE REENACTMENTS by Nick Flynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2013

"Flynn's determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly insightful, original work."
Flynn (The Ticking Is the Bomb, 2010, etc.) writes about having his memoir made into a movie. Read full book review >
How to Take Over the World! (of Monopoly) by Daniel Bergmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A sharp-eyed guide to dominating the playing board."
Bergmann divulges ruthless strategies and sneaky advice for winning the classic board game. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A long and richly textured love letter to an instrument, a tradition and an art."
Schoenbaum (The United States and the State of Israel, 1993, etc.) writes fondly and expansively about the instrument he plays for pleasure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A richly detailed and well-researched biography of a fashion icon."
Intelligent account of the life and accomplishments of legendary Vogue editor-in chief, Diana Vreeland (1903-1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A masterful work of critical journalism."
Charting the remarkable journey of a modern musical classic, from obscurity to ubiquity. Read full book review >
ALWAYS LOOKING by John Updike
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"A rich trove of insights for art lovers of all stripes."
Final musings on mostly modern art by the prolific lion of American letters. 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 >