Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A must-read for anyone, especially 20- and 30-somethings, itching to understand China today."
China's bad-boy blogger and auto-racing hero Han Han tells it like it is in the People's Republic, relying on a deep reservoir of wit and wisdom and a wily insistence on justice for all. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"The author's broad-ranging interests and accumulated wisdom will appeal to a wide readership, not just runners and environmentalists."
A leading environmental activist and ultramarathoner uses the 2001 JFK 50 Mile as a staging ground for his reflections on running, aging, and saving the planet. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Even though we know the answers to most of the questions—Will our heroine win the coveted role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl? Will she live happily ever after with her Prince Charming, Elliott Gould?—this book makes getting to them a treat."
Hollywood chronicler Mann (How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, 2010, etc.) divulges the blood, sweat and tears that propelled a diva's rise to stardom. Read full book review >
MARVEL COMICS by Sean Howe
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Brilliantly juxtaposes Marvel with its best characters: flawed and imperfect, but capable of achieving miraculous feats."
An impeccably researched, authoritative history of Marvel Comics. Read full book review >
DO THE MOVIES HAVE A FUTURE? by David Denby
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A must for movie lovers and more proof that Denby's gifts are better displayed in a full-length text than in a short review."
From the New Yorker film critic, a collection of critical essays that's more than a miscellaneous roundup. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"In rich, lyrical prose, McKinney deftly honors both the man and the mystery."
The story of a great American actor whose art was burnished by an anguished life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A well-told account of the films that have scared the pants off generation after generation."
An exhaustive and entertaining film-by-film history of an oft-maligned genre that refuses to die. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal."
Inky Fool blogger Forsyth debuts with a breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Much more than the usual bits and one-liners in book form."
Smart, funny and slickly designed, Colbert's sequel to I Am America (2007) does better than similar efforts at capturing a TV comedian's sensibility on the printed page. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS ANIMALS CLUB by Stephen Tobolowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A copiously examined life rendered with humor and heart."
Veteran character actor Tobolowsky, perhaps best known for his role in Groundhog Day, offers a beguiling collection of autobiographical essays detailing his experiences in and out of show business. Read full book review >
REINVENTING BACH by Paul Elie
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"The author's passion, thorough research and imaginative heart produce one revelation after another."
The author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own (2003) returns with a tour de force about Johann Sebastian Bach and a description and assessment of the recordings that have made his work an essential part of our culture. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER WAS NUTS by Penny Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Bold and irrepressibly sassy."
Actress, producer and director Marshall's frank and funny memoir about the path that led her from an ordinary childhood in New York City to Hollywood stardom. 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 >