Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

WE DID PORN by Zak Smith
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 >
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 >

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 >
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
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 >

Released: April 7, 2009

"An inspirational story of losing pride, embracing humanity and accepting love."
One woman's rebellion against powerlessness places her in perhaps the most powerless situation of all—crossing the Atlantic Ocean alone in a 23-foot rowboat. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2009

"A crowded, thoroughly captivating canvas of cultural history."
Biographer and memoirist Holroyd (Mosaic, 2004, etc.) re-creates the separate and shared histories of two theater immortals. Read full book review >
YOGI BERRA by Allen Barra
Released: March 1, 2009

"A superior sports book bound to interest more than just die-hard fans, ranking with classics like Robert Creamer's Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (1974) and Richard Ben Cramer's Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (2000)."
A full-scale biography of the most quoted and, possibly, the most underrated player in baseball history. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2008

"An engaging personal examination of a phenomenon that merits more scholarly attention."
Boston Globe columnist Beam (Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital, 2001, etc.) takes a witty look at the publishing program that aimed to bring high culture to the masses…or at least the aspiring middle class. Read full book review >
ZIEGFELD by Ethan Mordden
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"As diverse and diverting as a night at the Follies."
A rich and entertaining biography of Broadway's first auteur. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A top-flight interpretation of a time, its music and its strange doings—which still look pretty good compared to now."
A fan's lucid notes on a time when the hope or fear, depending on one's viewpoint, of "a violent assault on the established order" occupied minds, megaphones and microphones. Read full book review >
ROME 1960 by David Maraniss
Released: July 1, 2008

"Evocative, entertaining and often suspenseful—sports history at a very high standard."
Timely, illuminating account of the 17th Olympiad, with its many firsts, including the first doping scandal in Olympic history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >