Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
MY LONG TRIP HOME by Mark Whitaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A fascinating personal treatise on racial identity and complicated father-son dynamics."
A heavily detailed and highly readable account of the author's lineage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"An in-depth exploration of a team that is well worthy of such reverential treatment. A must for basketball fans and a super-must for New York sports nuts."
A warm, accessible celebration of the dynamic early-1970s New York Knicks basketball teams. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"In his energetic memoir, Rodgers, as was almost always the case with his songs, brings the funk."
One of the heaviest figures from an unjustly maligned musical era tells all, and tells it well. Read full book review >
[SIC] by Joshua Cody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"A celebration of the senses, the arts and life itself, within what the author terms 'a story about God and vomiting.'"
Occasionally overwritten but powerfully provocative memoir about death and drugs that is likely to attract a lot of attention. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"Baseball diehards and historians, and of course Red Sox fans, will find much of interest in this paean to one of sport's most famous venues."
A comprehensive look at the first season played by the Boston Red Sox in their new home, the legendary Fenway Park. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >