Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

WILD TALES by Graham Nash
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"An entertaining, intimate portrait of rock music—and how it was made—in an age of excess."
Down-to-earth autobiography of one of the great voices and songwriters of classic rock. Read full book review >
A Survivor's Guide to Hollywood by Robin Riker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2013

"Upbeat, practical advice for those seeking sanity and staying power in their lives and careers.
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A working actress shares her positive approach to pursuing an acting career in this debut memoir/self-help guide. Read full book review >

STILL FOOLIN' 'EM by Billy Crystal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A charming, warm, welcome read for Crystal's legions of fans."
A humorous take on mortality by famed comedian and actor Crystal (700 Sundays, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BOY AT THE GATE by Danny Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Heartbreak at its most bittersweet."
An Irish singer/songwriter's powerful debut memoir about growing up at the notorious Artane Industrial School for orphaned and abandoned boys in Dublin. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The definitive account of one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals."
What really happened between Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe in that San Francisco hotel room on September 5, 1921? Read full book review >

THE WORLD WAS OUR STAGE by Douglas Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 2013

"A monumental show brought to life again in a perfectly pitched read for sports fans."
A behind-the-scenes look at ABC's Wide World of Sports, the famous sports show. Read full book review >
THE KIDS GOT IT RIGHT by Jim Dent
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A passionate, well-reported history of the role Texas football played in America's racial integration."
Consummate sports chronicler Dent (Courage Behind the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story, 2012, etc.) examines a transformative football event in Texas that blurred racial boundaries. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Much more than just a sports book."
With campuses and the nation in an uproar over civil rights, two legendary coaches prepared their teams for a football classic. Read full book review >
HANDLING THE TRUTH by Beth Kephart
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Generous, intelligent and genuinely insightful."
A self-described "memoir autodidact" and distinguished author's refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to the art of creative nonfiction. Read full book review >
TURN AROUND BRIGHT EYES by Rob Sheffield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"It's only rock 'n' roll writing, but Sheffield nails it."
Rolling Stone contributing editor Sheffield (Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, 2010, etc.) muses on love, loss, life, Rod Stewart, female Rush fans and much more in an homage to the art and attitude of karaoke. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN BRITTEN by Neil Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"As pleasurable as hearing Britten's music for the first time: familiar, but new and rich enough to keep you coming back."
A probing inquiry into Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), one of England's greatest modern composers, as well as a survey of mid-20th-century provincial England. Read full book review >
RG3 by David Sheinin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Insightful, engaging and a must-read for sports fans interested in teasing out the true RG3."
A spellbinding biography tracing Robert Griffin III's meteoric rise to sport superstardom. 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 >